New to Graham Smith Antiques is a generously proportioned and decorative sideboard consisting of multiple storage spaces and a rectangular mirror.
Circa 1880, this piece is in remarkably good condition with the oak framework gleaming with warmth and the design optimising the functionality. The two lower doors are wonderfully decorated with inlay depicting symbolic snakes and griffins surrounding an urn.
The use of serpents suggests a wide variety of meanings but in this case it is logical to interpret the snake as a symbol of poison due to the placement of the creature next to the urn and it's venomous bite. The Griffon on the other side of the urn therefore offers the snake's counterpart, representing strength and intelligence in Greek mythology. The purposefulness of the design is underlined further by the contents of the cupboards with its tastefully discrete drinks cabinet, including a "lazy Susan", as shown below.
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