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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Sideboard Laurence Montano
Jun 01, 9:00 AM CEST
Sideboard Laurence Montano
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF2,400- CHF3,000
CHF2,4000 Bids
FEDERAL CENTENNIAL SIDEBOARD
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
FEDERAL CENTENNIAL SIDEBOARD
by Clements
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
FEDERAL NEW YORK INLAID MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD, CA. 1790.
May 29, 10:00 AM EDT
FEDERAL NEW YORK INLAID MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD, CA. 1790.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
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Leon Rosen for Pace Collection Burl Sideboard
Jun 02, 10:00 AM EDT
Leon Rosen for Pace Collection Burl Sideboard
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
American Federal Period Mahogany Sideboard
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
American Federal Period Mahogany Sideboard
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $800- $1,200
$1500 Bids
Hickory White Hepplewhite sideboard in mahogany
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Hickory White Hepplewhite sideboard in mahogany
by King Galleries
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Baker burl mahogany and banded sideboard
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Baker burl mahogany and banded sideboard
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$5000 Bids
19TH C. AMERICAN FEDERAL DIMINUTIVE SIDEBOARD.
May 29, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH C. AMERICAN FEDERAL DIMINUTIVE SIDEBOARD.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Harvey Probber Rosewood Sideboard 1964
Jun 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Harvey Probber Rosewood Sideboard 1964
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $900- $1,300
$8000 Bids
Sheraton Revival Mahogany Sideboard
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Sheraton Revival Mahogany Sideboard
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
Limbert, Sideboard, model 1451
Jun 04, 11:00 AM CDT
Limbert, Sideboard, model 1451
by Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7000 Bids
Mid Atlantic American Hepplewhite Sideboard
Jun 02, 11:00 AM EDT
Mid Atlantic American Hepplewhite Sideboard
by Amero Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
LATE 18TH C. AMERICAN HEPPLEWHITE INLAID SIDEBOARD.
May 29, 10:00 AM EDT
LATE 18TH C. AMERICAN HEPPLEWHITE INLAID SIDEBOARD.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Pia Manu Brutalist Sideboard, c. 1960, H.- 35 3/4 in., W.- 79 in., D.- 19 1/2 in.
Jun 15, 10:00 AM CDT
Pia Manu Brutalist Sideboard, c. 1960, H.- 35 3/4 in., W.- 79 in., D.- 19 1/2 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $4,000- $8,000
$3,5000 Bids
Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design Inc. Teak Sideboard Mid 20th century
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Jens Risom for Jens Risom Design Inc. Teak Sideboard Mid 20th century
by DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
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Tommi Parzinger for Parzinger Originals Brass-Mounted Mahogany Sideboard
Jul 05, 10:00 AM EDT
Tommi Parzinger for Parzinger Originals Brass-Mounted Mahogany Sideboard
by STAIR
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
FLORENCE KNOLL SIDEBOARD MODELL '2544'
Jun 01, 10:00 AM CEST
FLORENCE KNOLL SIDEBOARD MODELL '2544'
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €700- €1,400
€7000 Bids
Ralph Lauren "Polo" Carved Mahogany Sideboard, 20th c., H.- 35 in., W.- 92 in., D.- 21 in.
Jun 14, 10:00 AM CDT
Ralph Lauren "Polo" Carved Mahogany Sideboard, 20th c., H.- 35 in., W.- 92 in., D.- 21 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $800
$3000 Bids
Florence Knoll Mid-Century Rosewood Sideboard
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Florence Knoll Mid-Century Rosewood Sideboard
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$3000 Bids
PAUL REUBENS Estate: Ficks Reed Sideboard
Jun 08, 12:00 PM EDT
PAUL REUBENS Estate: Ficks Reed Sideboard
by Blackwell Auctions LLC
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
AMERICAN FEDERAL STYLE MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD, C. 1935
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN FEDERAL STYLE MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD, C. 1935
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Hooker Furniture Credenza Sideboard
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Hooker Furniture Credenza Sideboard
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
AMERICAN SHERATON MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN SHERATON MAHOGANY SIDEBOARD
by Clements
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
attr Quervelle American Carved Inlaid Sideboard
Jun 02, 11:00 AM EDT
attr Quervelle American Carved Inlaid Sideboard
by Amero Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Sideboards


William Smith Auctions

William Smith Auctions

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Clements

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Amero Auctions

Amero Auctions