Antique French Henri II Style Painted Bookcase Bibliotheque circa 1875

(France, 19th Century)

Antique French Henri II Style Painted Bookcase Bibliotheque circa 1875
1610 Bissonet Street
Houston, TX, 77005
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Antique French Henri II Style Painted Bookcase Bibliotheque circa 1875


The terrific carved exterior of this antique French bibliotheque bookcase circa 1875 makes it quite striking. The inspiration for this French antique oak bookcase lies in the style created during the reign of Henri II, King of France in the middle of the sixteenth century. This French painted bibliotheque bookcase contains architectural features including the crown and spiral columns that are hallmarks of sixteenth century French architecture. It was during this period that furnishings began to incorporate elements of the structures around them. In addition this bibliotheque bookcase tells a story through the carved motifs. Overall the cabinet is a celebration of the arts of music and architecture. In this cabinet there are a pair of long doors with the original glass in the upper section and a raised carving in each of the lower sections. Please notice that the left carving includes a sheet of music and various instruments suspended from a fluttering ribbon. The right side is an ode to architecture with the various tools for drafting including a rule measure as well as an Ionic capital and column also suspended from a fluttering ribbon. The applied carvings are wonderfully sculptural in their depth and sense of movement. Even the centre section above the cabinet doors is focused by a carved motif of a book and quill pen bound by a leather strap. When the doors are opened the interior is revealed to contain adjustable shelves for the display of objects and books. Beneath the cabinet doors is a wide drawer featuring a drawer pull carved in the likeness of a wild beast and flanked by a symmetrical design of scrolls and flourishes.

WIDTH: 55 in | HEIGHT: 91 in | DEPTH: 18 in

Origin France
Category Cabinets
Period 19th Century
Style Unspecified

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THB REF: 3744128217 DEALER REF: VLA273