court cupboard

court cupboard

noun English Furniture.
a sideboard of the 16th and 17th centuries, having three open tiers, the middle of which sometimes has a small closed cabinet with oblique sides.
Compare press cupboard.


Origin:
1585–95

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court cupboard
 
n
a wooden stand with two or three tiers, used in the 16th and 17th centuries to display pewter, silver, etc

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court cupboard

sideboard with three tiers, used mainly for displaying plate and therefore a focal point of the interior. It was a variant of the buffet and was fashionable throughout the 16th century and during the first three-quarters of the 17th, more commonly in northern than in southern Europe. Some examples were fitted in the upper stage with a cupboard, the front corners of which were set at an oblique angle to the front panel. Drawers were often included in the friezes, or horizontal bands, in the centre and top tiers.

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