French Antique Louis XIII Cabinet

Item 1032 by M. Markley Antiques


french antique cabinet Pantalonničre

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Item 1032

Louis XIII Cabinet or Dresser Known as a Pantalonničre

Dimensions Width 54, Height 43, Depth 23˝ (in inches)
Wood Solid walnut
Country France
Date Circa 1850
Price $2,875

This cabinet is a triumph of the Louis XIII style enhanced by intricately incised carving and ebonized trim. A classic pantalonničre cabinet with single drawers extending the entire width at top and bottom, this piece has been retro-fitted with three interior drawers behind the double doors. The term pantalonničre refers to pieces designed to store men’s trousers and were common in the homes of French aristocrats who were fortunate enough to own many such garments. Particularly distinctive about this cabinet is the incised carving on the two doors, dating from a time when bas relief was more typical, as seen in the spandrels of the upper corners of the door panels. Characteristic of the Louis XIII style of furniture, however, are the graceful torsades (sometimes referred to as "barley twists") acting as a vertical framework for the cabinet, balanced at top and bottom by a fleuron and a “sandpile” rectangular ornament, respectively.



Rousseau, Francis, Le Grand Livre des Meubles (Copyright Studio, Paris, 1999)



This cabinet is suitable for many uses including storing linens in a dining room or kitchen as well as clothing in a bedroom.


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right side



french antique cabinet with incised carving


detail of incized carving


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