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A Guide to Antique Sideboards and Buffets

Since the sideboard's humble beginnings in medieval homes, the piece has gone from primitive to sophisticated. Sideboards are still favorites for dining rooms, but they also make good places to stash belongings in other areas of the home. Marketplaces like eBay offer a wide selection of antique sideboards and buffets in varied styles and finishes.

Creative Ways to Use An Antique Buffet

Antique sideboards have drawers and compartments to store dishes and serving equipment, and that makes them a favorite for dining spaces. Their uses do not stop there, however. They provide more storage in entryways and halls than narrow studio tables do, and they can serve as a substitute for dressers underneath low windows in the bedroom without blocking the view. In the office, they work well for corralling cords, paper, and stationery. In the living room, an antique sideboard can do dual roles as a stunning focal point and a TV console.

What styles do antique sideboards come in?

Antique and vintage sideboards cover the gamut from primitive and country to formal and sophisticated. Traditional styles include classics like Chippendale, Victorian, Louis XV, and Regency. In the early 20th century, new trends — art deco, art nouveau, and mission — entered the scene, and the mid-century style soon followed. Some pieces, such as hand-carved mahogany or rustic French sideboards, are rare and highly collectible.

What is the difference between vintage and antique sideboards?

Technically, an antique sideboard or buffet must be at least 100 years old, while those fewer than 100 years fall into the vintage category. A collectible sideboard is a piece of any age that is hard to find, desired by antique lovers, and worth far more than its original tag. Collectors sometimes label pieces made after 1950 "retro."

Antique Sideboards for Sale on eBay

Choosing an antique sideboard on eBay is easy because there are so many styles, and the selection includes everything from 1700s distressed white French Provencal to mass-produced reproductions. Woods vary from solid mahogany and cherry to less formal maple, oak, and pine. Although brown stains, in a range from light to dark, are common, painted pieces are available too. Regardless of the finish, collectors prefer pieces with the original finish. These diverse offerings show the kind of antique buffet for sale on eBay:

  • 18th century George III antique inlaid mahogany
  • French oak Louis XV buffet
  • Tiger oak Misson-style buffet with beveled mirror
  • Farmhouse English carved pine with mirror
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