cabinet dates from the first quarter of the 20th century but sports an
abundance of Medieval and Renaissance motifs. The center door has a carved motif of urns with flowering leaves
and fruit, contained therein, and overflowing as well. The two smaller doors on either side of this
cabinet are similar, with carvings of urns and their contents. All of the doors are flanked by fluted
walnut columns. Directly below the top is a frieze containing three drawers
with the original drawer pulls.
The elaborate mouldings below the top and near the
floor, above the front bun feet, express the architectural spirit of the piece.
While the front, sides and top are all solid walnut, the interior shelf that runs the
width of the cabinet, and the back, are both oak. This is in keeping with construction techniques in the 20th
hardware is original, locks are functional and keys are included. The cabinet
has been refinished by our expert craftsmen, and gives almost a
"Showroom" appearance. As with everything we offer there are no
structural problems, stains or burns to contend with.
As so often happens when trying to photograph solid
walnut furniture, there is a variation
in the color in the photographs
caused by the lighting and the angle.
The color that is truest to
the piece is that in the picture
at the top of this page.
Jacqueline, Le Mobilier Français du Moyen Age à la Renaissance, Editions d'Art
Monelle Hayot (Saint-Just-en-Chaussée, 1988); Rousseau, Francis, Le Grand Livre
des Meubles (Copyright Studio, Paris, 1999).