French Antique Cabinets - Item 3306
Henri II Buffet Cabinet
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||Henri II Buffet Cabinet
||Width 55, Height 38½, Depth 20½ (in inches)
cabinet is a fine example of the beauty of French walnut used in a simple yet
elegant Henri II design to great advantage.
The overall structure involves a two-door opening to ample storage space
below two drawers with decorative, brass pulls typical of late 19th century,
early 20th century construction. A
pleasing aesthetic symmetry is provided by the decorative mouldings at top and
bottom with the wider, bottom moulding supported by bun feet.
The door panels are particularly beautiful in terms of carving, displaying to
advantage the rich, blond color of the walnut.
Concentric rectangular mouldings set off a central "sand pile"
motif typical of Henri II design and owing its origins to 16th century French
cabinets, particularly of the Fontainbleau School of the Second Renaissance
(1530-1580). Also typical of this
design are the two fluted columns framing the cabinet opening below the
As the photos show, this piece may at one time have been the base
of a two-piece cabinet judging by the plugs in the top.
Jacqueline, Le Mobilier Français du Moyen Age à la Renaissance, Editions d'Art
Monelle Hayot (Saint-Just-en-Chaussée, 1988); Boussel, Patrice, Les Styles du
Moyen Age à Louis XIV (Baschet et Cie,
Paris, 1979); Thirion,
Jacques, Le Mobilier du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance en France (Editions
Faton, Dijon, 1998)
This cabinet is ideal as a buffet in a dining room or kitchen as well as in other rooms of the house to store linens. It could even be used as a credenza in an office setting or library,
or as the base for a wide-screen television.
note that the difficulty of photographing items of this size can result in
color variations. We believe that the
truest representation of the color is in the photograph at the top of this