Louis XVI Period Painted Oak Antique French Buffet circa 1780
The tall scale of this antique French buffet with its pair of drawers placed above a pair of cabinet doors takes its inspiration from the Régence period in France (1715-1723) when Louis XV was not old enough to be King of France. The simplicity of the carved decoration begins with the pair of cabinet doors that each have a deeply moulded edge that surrounds the interior recessed panel. The curve of the moulding at the top of each door has a symmetrical shape and sets the pattern for the tall slender sections that flank the pair of cabinet doors. These three vertical sections also have deep moldings as well as a circular medallion set directly above them. Notice how the medallions are in the same horizontal line as the drawers while the tall vertical sections are the same proportion as the doors. The striking aspect of this arrangement is how the designer and craftsman chose to angle each front corner at a forty five degree slant in order to pave the visual emphasis on there pair of doors and drawers. The medallion in the centre of this french buffet bears a date, 1786, indicating that this piece was most likely a wedding gift as it offers a tremendous amount of storage space. Pieces of furniture that offered secure space for a couple's possessions was a desirable dowry gift and oftentimes accompanied the bride to her new home.
WIDTH: 59 in | HEIGHT: 45 in | DEPTH: 22 in
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