Antique French Painted Shop Buffet Credenza circa 1890
The clean and classic lines seen in this antique French shop counter circa 1890 are quite desirable for today's interiors. Originally developed as a storage cabinet for use in shops by taking advantage of a new metal track system for the lower cabinet doors. Instead of hinges the four cabinet doors slide from side to side on metal tracks. Each door is fitted with its original recessed metal handle allowing the doors to easily pass by each other as they move across the metal track. All four doors feature a recessed rectangular panel and this decorative motif is repeated on the sides as well giving the façade of the cabinet a slightly architectural flair. The advantage of course is the savings on space since the doors do not need to swing out when opened. The increase in floor space was especially critical for retail establishments desiring the maximum amount of selling space possible. The particular painted antique buffet credenza is French with the four lower cabinet doors having five drawers above. All of the drawers retain their original metal pulls that enable cupped fingers to easily pull them opem and slide the drawers shut. The drawers are placed flush with the façade making a wide band above the cabinet doors for a subtle visual effect. Please notice the shallow depth of this French cabinet - a very desirable feature. The top of the buffet credenza has a moulded edge that extends slightly wider and deeper than the the cabinet both as a finishing touch as well as for balance and symmetry. Raised upon block feet this antique French buffet or credenza is both useful as well as stylish.
WIDTH: 80½ in | HEIGHT: 39 in | DEPTH: 15½ in
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