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American Sideboards

Despite etymological confusion, there are few things that distinguish buffets and sideboards. For many, the real difference is simple: a sideboard used in the dining room is considered a buffet, while when situated in the living room it's known as a sideboard.

Historically speaking, buffets were probably first used in Sweden to spread out food and drink in meals called smorgasbords. The use of buffet tables caught on in France and then spread throughout the rest of the European continent before making their way to the United States. Another take on history suggests they were likely born in England as a simple plank set atop trestles or as a wall shelf.

Though sideboards were originally created as supplementary serving spots in dining rooms, American culture has expanded their use. These days, sideboards can be pressed into service for everything from linen storage to home-office work surfaces.


Quick Facts

  • A 19th-century Federal inlaid mahogany sideboard by Meier & Hagen of New York sold at a February 2008 Neal auction for $18,212
  • In 2006 at Bonhams, an early 19th-century Federal Mid-Atlantic mahogany inlaid four-dour, tapered-leg sideboard sold for $2,987
  • In 2002 at Skinner, an American mid-century modern sideboard crafted in mahogany sold for just $29, well below its $200 to $300 estimate

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THOMASVILLE SIDEBOARD
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
THOMASVILLE SIDEBOARD
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Neo-Renaissance sideboard arou
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Neo-Renaissance sideboard arou
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€3000 Bids
Williams-Kimp - Mahogany Sideboard
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Williams-Kimp - Mahogany Sideboard
by Regency Auction House
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Hickory - Chinoiserie Sideboard
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Hickory - Chinoiserie Sideboard
by Regency Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Vodder Umkreis, Arne: Sideboard
Oct 30, 2:00 PM CEST
Vodder Umkreis, Arne: Sideboard
by Peter Karbstein - Kunst und Auktionshaus
Est: €1,800- €2,200
€1,8000 Bids
Federal Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Federal Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard
by Nye & Company
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
American Aesthetic Carved Oak Sideboard
Nov 21, 12:00 PM EST
American Aesthetic Carved Oak Sideboard
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
SHERATON SIDEBOARD
Nov 14, 11:00 AM EST
SHERATON SIDEBOARD
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $800- $1,000
$4000 Bids
MAHOGANY SERVER
Nov 14, 11:00 AM EST
MAHOGANY SERVER
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
ARREDO DA SALA DA PRANZO IN LEGNO LACCATO COLOR AVORIO E DORATO IN STILE LOMBARDO DEL XVIII SECOLO
Nov 06, 11:00 AM CET
ARREDO DA SALA DA PRANZO IN LEGNO LACCATO COLOR AVORIO E DORATO IN STILE LOMBARDO DEL XVIII SECOLO
by Pierre Bergé & Associés
Est: €2,500- €3,500
€2,5000 Bids
Silas Kopf (American, b. 1949) Marquetry Sideboard
Nov 16, 10:00 AM CST
Silas Kopf (American, b. 1949) Marquetry Sideboard
by Hindman
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,5000 Bids
A CARVED OAK SIDEBOARD IN 17TH CENTURY STYLE, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
Nov 16, 10:30 AM GMT
A CARVED OAK SIDEBOARD IN 17TH CENTURY STYLE, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £300- £500
£1800 Bids
Maitland-Smith White Tessellated Fossilized Stone Sideboard
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CDT
Maitland-Smith White Tessellated Fossilized Stone Sideboard
by Revere Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
Virginia Galleries Jamestown Colony Collection By Henkel Harris 2353 Sideboard
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Virginia Galleries Jamestown Colony Collection By Henkel Harris 2353 Sideboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
Potthast Brothers Federal Style Inlaid Sideboard
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Potthast Brothers Federal Style Inlaid Sideboard
by Alex Cooper
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
American by Martinsville Oak Sideboard
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
American by Martinsville Oak Sideboard
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $150- $250
$500 Bids
Antique Arts & Crafts L&JG Stickley Mission Sideboard
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Arts & Crafts L&JG Stickley Mission Sideboard
by Winfield Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$9510 Bids
Kittinger Jacobean Style Oak Sideboard
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Kittinger Jacobean Style Oak Sideboard
by Alex Cooper
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Council Craftsman Federal Style Sideboard
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Council Craftsman Federal Style Sideboard
by Alex Cooper
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Contemporary Ebonized Console with Brass Top
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Contemporary Ebonized Console with Brass Top
by Alex Cooper
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Hepplewhite Burled & Inlaid Bow Front Sideboard
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Hepplewhite Burled & Inlaid Bow Front Sideboard
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $300- $500
$200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Sideboards


Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper

Freeman's

Freeman's

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Regency Auction House

Regency Auction House