From Victorian to Regency, Queen Anne to Louis XVI, antique sideboards can date back many centuries, with the very finest and best-preserved pieces achieving a sale price of many thousands of pounds. However, a sideboard doesn't have to be that old to be valuable, with many more recent pieces, such as Art Nouveau from the turn of the 20th century, or Art Deco from the 1920s, fetching significant prices thanks to their distinctive style and craftsmanship.
Restore a Lost Classic
At the other end of the price scale, you'll find a huge choice of project pieces which are in need of a little TLC to return them to their former glory. With a little work, these can look every bit as good as high end models for a fraction of the price.
Old But Not Antique
May antique sideboards could be more accurately considered to be retro or vintage, such as G Plan, McIntosh or Austinsuite. While these pieces may not be strictly antique, they are still very desirable and highly collectable and can add a touch of style to any home.
One of the biggest attractions of antique sideboards is the quality of both the materials and the manufacturing. Most antique sideboards are built from solid wood, such as teak, mahogany or oak, rather than the cheap veneers so often found today. They are also craftsman built with quality woodwork, such as dovetail joints and carved legs. Their very age proves that they have been built to last.
From substantial, solid pieces of furniture that held everything from the best china to the household accounts, to sleek modern units designed for a few books and magazines, the sideboard was once a must-have unit in any style of home. And once you re-introduce this fabulously functional piece of furniture, you'll wonder how you ever lived without one.