M. Markley Antiques
Antique Chests - Item 1034
|Item 1034||17th Century Oak Chest|
|Dimensions||Width 55½, Height 28½, Depth 22 (in inches)|
This antique chest dates from the period when chests or coffres were
often the main items of furniture in French households. A true "multi-tasker,” a chest functioned as bed, table, and
seat while holding all manner of worldly goods. This versatility as well as a chest’s portability have ensured popularity to
this day while giving birth to other forms of furniture such as the armoire (a chest turned on its end so that the lid swings outward as a
door) the cathedra chair (a low, narrow chest with a tall, carved back added), and the two-piece cabinet or bahut deux corps (two chests
laying on their sides and stacked on top of one another).
Rousseau, Francis, Le Grand Livre des Meubles (Copyright Studio, Paris,
1999); Un Temps d’Exubérance, Les Arts Décoratifs sous Louis XIII et Anne d’Autriche, Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Réunion
des Musées Nationaux, 2002)
The chest can perform traditional functions such as storing bed linens, but can also be used as a coffee table or behind a sofa.
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