Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Of Unknown Pedigree

The sideboard in our living room. Of unknown pedigree. It definitely is European but whether German (which we thought of at first) or French (which is the heritage the seller said it was) or Belgian or Dutch, we're not sure.

Many of these were made in the 1870's, 1880's and 1890's in Europe for even here -- on the prairie -- you see them a lot. I've never seen two alike, however, for the carving always seems to be different.

Some have three carved doors on the top but ours has one big carved door and two smaller glass ones, some are flat but ours has three separate sections, some have wood tops while ours has a marble one.

We feel that it fits perfectly against the wall and although a big piece seems to go well in the room. We actually bought it for the brick wall in the breakfast room back when we were going to make a HUGE room off the dining room and this piece would be a focal point.

The piece was a steal. We had seen them around, knew what the prices were and felt that we could never afford one. At a shop in the city that featured really old antiques was this piece -- at a really affordable price. It came home with us!

We ended up deciding not to add a room on (and that time) and so this piece became a focal point of the living room -- balancing the fireplace on the opposite wall.

On top, a collection of small antique decanters. Including one from the early 1800's. The mirror propped up behind not only reflects the decanters but when you stand in the middle of the living room it reflects the chandelier as well.

Whatever the pedigree, the sideboard is part of Linderhof's living room. And we couldn't imagine that wall without the sideboard!


La Table De Nana said...

You have so many lovely collections and your buffet is intricately carved w/ grace..

We have my grandfather's.. who would be at least 120 yrs old my dad would be in his 90's..and he bought it at an auction.. I only have 7 chairs left..there were 16.. that went w/ the table ..he was a judge and it was his conference table at one point.
Although material things can come and is something I cherish.I grew up w/ father did..his family.. and my grandchildren are now seated at this table..Some things are just meant to last..Thanks Martha..

Melinda said...

I have seen this pieece when Nancy and I came down for the garden tour. It is vey big but it works well in your home!


Schnitzel and the Trout said...

How gorgeous! We have seen many of these in European homes, but in the middle of the do have a real find! Enjoy for many, many years.

Pondside said...

I love a sideboard or a buffet, in just about any room. I'm presently looking for a Welsh Dresser for the kitchen - not having a whole lot of luck here on the Island!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Your sideboard is absolutely beautiful! The carving is so beautiful a real piece of art! I love the old pieces, if they could tell the story.
I am sure it looks just divine in your living room, like it was made for the room.
Take care and enjoy your day,

Bernideen said...

This is indeed a piece of exceptional design!

Martha said...

I love Welsh dressers -- no place for one at LInderhof! I think they're smashing!