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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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Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
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C.1825 Late Federal To Early Empire Sideboard
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
C.1825 Late Federal To Early Empire Sideboard
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Est: $0- $0
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Henkel Harris Queen Anne Style Mahogany Sideboard
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Henkel Harris Queen Anne Style Mahogany Sideboard
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $250- $500
$751 Bid
Carved Mahogany Breakfront Sideboard, 20th c., H.- 34 1/2 in., W.- 71 in., D.- 22 in.
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CST
Carved Mahogany Breakfront Sideboard, 20th c., H.- 34 1/2 in., W.- 71 in., D.- 22 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$3001 Bid
FEDERAL NEW ENGLAND INLAID MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
FEDERAL NEW ENGLAND INLAID MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7500 Bids
FEDERAL MAHOGANY SERPENTINE FRONT SIDEBOARD
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
FEDERAL MAHOGANY SERPENTINE FRONT SIDEBOARD
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Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
ROMWEBER Carved Viking Oak Sideboard
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
ROMWEBER Carved Viking Oak Sideboard
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Harvey Probber Walnut and Caned Sideboard 1950s
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Harvey Probber Walnut and Caned Sideboard 1950s
by Doyle New York
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
American Federal Inlaid Mahogany Demilune Sideboard
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
American Federal Inlaid Mahogany Demilune Sideboard
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
Lambert Hitchcock Side Table
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Lambert Hitchcock Side Table
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Tommi Parzinger Yellow Lacquered Sideboard 1950s
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Tommi Parzinger Yellow Lacquered Sideboard 1950s
by Doyle New York
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 Bids
AMERICAN SHERATON WALNUT SIDEBOARD.
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
AMERICAN SHERATON WALNUT SIDEBOARD.
by Casco Bay Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Henkel Harris Jamestown Colony Sideboard / Server
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Henkel Harris Jamestown Colony Sideboard / Server
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $250- $450
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FEDERAL HUDSON VALLEY NY FIGURED MAPLE SIDEBOARD.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
FEDERAL HUDSON VALLEY NY FIGURED MAPLE SIDEBOARD.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7500 Bids
Hollywood Regency Inspired Polychromed Sideboard, 20th/21st c., H.- 39 in., W.- 60 in., D.- 18 in.
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CST
Hollywood Regency Inspired Polychromed Sideboard, 20th/21st c., H.- 39 in., W.- 60 in., D.- 18 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$3750 Bids
Bert England for Widdicomb sideboard
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Bert England for Widdicomb sideboard
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
AMERICAN EMPIRE MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD
Mar 23, 11:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN EMPIRE MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD
by Clements
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Federal Style Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard
Mar 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Federal Style Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard
by Locati LLC
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
American Federal Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
American Federal Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
FEDERAL NORTH SHORE INLAID SIDEBOARD CA. 1800.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
FEDERAL NORTH SHORE INLAID SIDEBOARD CA. 1800.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6000 Bids
A Fine Federal Leafy-Vine Inlaid Mahogany Diminutive Sideboard
Mar 15, 10:00 AM EDT
A Fine Federal Leafy-Vine Inlaid Mahogany Diminutive Sideboard
by Hindman
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 Bids
Smith & Watson inlaid mahogany sideboard
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Smith & Watson inlaid mahogany sideboard
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Sideboards


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Doyle New York