circa: 1890 width: 62 height: 91 length: 24 This exquisite antique oak sideboard was hand-crafted in Victorian England around 1890. Clearly fashioned by a master craftsman, the carvings show a remarkable level of detail and include several familiar motifs. Among these are the four cherubs (or puttos, as they are sometimes called), a man and woman, the lion heads at the corners and on the doors, and the lion occupying the center of the crest. Combined with the decorative patterns carved on nearly every surface of this sideboard, these striking visual themes come together to create a piece so beautiful that it certainly merits praise as a work of art. One could easily imagine that the carver(s) responsible for the intense detail in this sideboard regarded their work as the pinnacle of their craft.This sideboard of course places aesthetic pleasure alongside function, and with a large drawer, a locking lower cabinet, a large counter, and two tiers, this sideboard certainly is functional. The drawer of course features hand-cut dovetails, and the shaped bracket feet remain as sturdy as they are elegant--as does the piece in its entirety. The top still mounts the base with relative ease: while it is quite heavy, it sits into several slots carved into the base, and then screws securely together. However, this sideboard has sustained a normal assortment of wear and minor damage, although all cases of this are minor. One of the cherubs, for instance, has been repaired, and the panels on the backsplash have developed separations in the wood, as have the two tiers. The also counter shows a variety of minor stains and wear marks, and several areas show signs of inactive woodworm that was treated decades ago. However, this is only to be expected of a piece of this age, and it is a wonder and a testament to the quality of this sideboard that it remains in such fantastic condition today.
Antique Sideboards & Buffets