A powerful architectural sideboard from the first quarter of the 19th century, it is characterized by a pair of drawer boxes over a pair of drawers flanking a demilune serving surface with two conforming drawers over trapezoidal pedestals with four carved Lion masks over animal feet.
The cabinet is crafted to be easily disassembled for transport with two boxes on either side lifting off of the solid apron, this easily detaching from either pedestal by lifting from the dowels. Crafted of a brilliant and dense mahogany throughout, the top is beautifully French polished and has a lovely patina throughout. All drawers are beautifully hand dovetailed with original cast brass pulls depicting a lion's head with a ring in his mouth.
The pedestals are angular and dramatic, the trapezoidal form requiring the doors to actually swing downward when opening. Both doors feature mellowed polished flame-mahogany panels set in the door frame, these opening to reveal shelved interiors for storing serving dishes. The pedestals rest over animal front paws and are carved with a total of four lion's heads in each of the front corners, a treatment that is closely related to the works of George Oakley and perhaps contemporarily inspired by his designs.
Measurements: 43 3/8“ H x approximate 86“ W x 29 3/8“ D
In estate-found un-restored condition. Early surface with rich patina under polished shellac, this with scars, stains, scuffs and abrasions as expected. Two later keys present. Keyhole escutcheons missing from inner sides of cabinets. Locks for the cabinets are a bit difficult to operate and have some old depth adjustments. Some fading to the sides, more evident on the right side. Molding losses to the back corners of the right side. The shrinking of the top has created some projection between the top and the applied moldings, particularly at the curves. Patches to veneers in several places. Loss to one of the carved toes.
English Regency Antique Mahogany Sideboard Server w/ Lion Heads circa 1810