Louis XV Style Burl Walnut French Buffet, Bresse circa 1875
The gorgeous use of walnut in different colors and grain patterns give this antique French buffet its appeal. Completely Louis XV in style this beautiful French buffet is from the region of Bresse located east of Paris. The Bresse region, with its reputation for rich traditional cuisine (especially chicken stuffed with black truffles), produced more buffets and vaisseliers than armoires and this buffet is a splendid example of the artistry of Bressan craftsmanship. Please look closely at the unity of design across the entire façade of this buffet. The top features a beautifully moulded edge that complements the curve of the apron joining the front cabriole shaped feet as well as the bold moulding that surrounds the inset panel of burl walnut on all three cabinet doors. Even the three drawers placed above the cabinets possess an attention to detail, scale and proportion that add to the overall impression of luxury and elegance. Placed within the two vertical sections that flank the centre cabinet are carved sunflowers at the top with a grand scallop shell at the base that serve as visual dividers while adding another level of interest to the antique buffet. The other element of note is the great size of the steel hardware seen on this Bresse buffet. All three drawers have wide handles that open the drawers and each cabinet door has a hinge that extends the full length of the door. The subtle gleam of the antique steel complements the rich warmth of the walnut timber in a pleasing manner. All of the doors and drawers open fully to maximize storage while the generous size of the top makes it excellent for both display and serving purposes.
WIDTH: 76½ in | HEIGHT: 30 in | DEPTH: 20½ in
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