French Antique Louis XIII Cabinet or Confiturier

Item 1036 by M. Markley Antiques


antique cabinet Confiturier


Item 1036

Louis XIII Confiturier Cabinet


Width 35, Height 42, Depth 21 (in inches)


Solid walnut




Circa 1800




This small cabinet most likely dates from the late 18th or early 19th century owing to the quality of the French walnut and to its solid construction.  The vertical  torsades (also known as "barley twists") on either side and the horizontal one between the door and drawer panels are characteristic of the Louis XIII style.  Use of the concentric patterns of squares and circles on the door, along with the light-colored marquetry in the shape of a star in the center of the circles, make it likely that this piece was made in central or southwestern France (most likely the lower Auvergne or Bordeaux region).  Also typical of the regional style are the wide bun feet supporting the front of the cabinet.  This piece of furniture is called a confiturier or a specialized cabinet for storing the jams and preserves made by the lady of the house from the fruits of her garden.    As is not uncommon for confituriers, the separate door and drawer are trompe lil and in reality there is only one large door  opening into an interior space with shelves; there is no drawer.  For other Louis XIII style pieces featuring torsades, see small cabinet 9230, desk 9280 and table 9310.



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