The French BuffetImage result for images of french buffets from crown and colony antiquesBuffets, credenzas and sideboards share a similar purpose in the dining room. These three pieces of furniture are all similar in function and appearance, and the terms are used to describe furniture used for serving, storage and display.

Certain defining characteristics may help distinguish one from the other, but in many cases, the furniture won’t feature all these elements. What really makes each piece different is its history.   This type of furniture is versatile enough that is is not always used in the dining room, making it a practical purchase.

The Credenza

What distinguishes a credenza is a long, low profile, narrow cabinet with multiple storage compartments and a flat top. Usually made from wood, credenzas originally had no legs or feet; instead, they were just cabinets that rested directly on the floor.antique-sideboard-cville

Historically, credenzas played an important role in the dining quarters of kings or high-ranking noblemen. The word “credenza” is the Italian equivalent of “credence,” or “truth,” and the food placed on the piece had to be taste-tested to ensure it wasn’t poisoned.  A food taster Image result for images of a food taster to the kingwas the person who ingested the food which would be served to confirm that it was safe to eat. One who tests drink in this way was known as a cupbearer.

The Buffet

The French term “buffet” translates literally as “sideboard.” The word is also closely associated with a self-serve meal spread out buffet-style on a long, narrow table. The origins of the buffet table go back to 16th century Swedish schnapps tables holding the pre-dinner spirits. By the 18th century, schnapps tables evolved into the smorgasbord table, in which food and drinks were laid out for guests. Buffets typically have some type of cabinets or drawers for storage and a flat surface for food and decor.

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The long, narrow profile of a sideboard makes it practically identical to a credenza and a buffet.  Sideboards  comprised of cabinets and, sometimes, drawers. When a sideboard has legs, they tend to be shorter and thicker in size like the one pictured above. Sideboards were first used in late 18th century England, when designer Robert Adams constructed a three-part dining ensemble that included an oblong table centered between two pedestal cupboards resting on urns. The sideboards displayed the finest serving ware in the household, typically silver and fine china.Related image

Our French culinary shop, Aubergine Antiques, carries many many styles of “enfilades” (the French word for buffet or sideboard) as does our garden and architectural antique shop, RF Antiques, and our hub shop Crown and Colony Antiques.

Please visit us online to have a first viewing of our selection and then come visit us to see in person!!

Visit the website through the link provided and then click on Buffets & Sideboards and for NEW CONTAINER items, click on What’s New.

We just received a NEW FRENCH CONTAINER.  Our shops are filled with not only sideboards, but all sorts of wonderful antiques at EVERY price point.  Please make it a point to visit us before the holidays.  Let one of our qualified employees assist you with making the perfect purchase.

Au Revoir!  A La Prochaine!!



FRENCH Commodes Vs. ITALIAN Commodes


French Commodes and Italian Commodes – a short comparison.

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Italian classic and French classic, have distinct and unique features that set the designs apart.


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Our latest container of wonderful pieces of furniture and accessories!

Peter and Ann Fargason are at it again – Now that they are back from a recent buying trip to France, they have begun unpacking all the  wonderful goodies that came in on the latest container.

Our shops -Crown and Colony Antiques, Aubergine Antiques and RF Antiques- are a world of French flare that can be found in no other place.

Peter and Ann have taste in furniture and accessories for the home and garden that are beyond the imagination.  They shop for large Buffet Deaux Corps to small religious wooden statues.  All beautiful.

Here is a little peek into our day this past Friday — The unpacking of the container!

Every tag is carefully assigned…

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…and every piece of furniture is carefully inspected.  By the time it hits the floor in one of our shops it has been dusted, hinges in place and polished and waxed to show off the grain of the wood.

Here Peter measures to make sure this Buffet Deaux Corp will fit in a particular spot in one of the shops.



Rob, Peter and Jack move in an armoire with doors that have french wire.


Sun Burst Mirrors

 We have every style you can imagine and a multitude of sizes!



A variety of styles of Dining Rooms Chairs on this shipment!!


Dining Chairs in sets of six, eight and ten.  Bergeres, singles and pairs!




Bouillotte Tables


Enfilades (Buffets/Sideboards)



Jason and Ricardo – Our very dependable help – move a beautiful Louis Philippe style Buffet Deaux Corps


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We have many new mirrors – Stop by and check out all the new choices and visit our “mirror room” at Crown and Colony Antiques.

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Below, one of the many paintings that came in on this container.  Please view our website for more


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Accessories of every kind from barometers & bread boards to bronzes!


Call us at 251-928-4808 Crown and Colony or stop by any of the shops to see the latest container items in person.  What you have seen here is just a small portion of what is new!!

RF Antiques 251-928-8336

Aubergine Antiques 251-928-0902

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Au Revoir!  A La Prochaine!!