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Item 9225 by M. Markley Antiques

 

Item 9225 - gothic bookcase

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Item 9225 Henri II Display Cabinet or Bibliothèque
Dimensions Width 104, Height 94, Depth 25 (in inches)
Wood Solid walnut
Country France
Date Circa 1880
Price $8,888
Description

This antique library cabinet or bibliothèque is from northern France.    It has three beveled glass doors and has been updated with glass shelves and a low-voltage lighting system to highlight the items displayed within.  The doors lock with their own original keys.  Made from solid French walnut, the cabinet dates from the 19th century revival of interest in gothic and Renaissance furniture, and displays stylistic features commonly referred to as Henri II.  These include the columns on either side and between the glass doors with their intricately carved turnings, and the hand-carved floral motifs at top and bottom.  For ease of mobility, the cabinet breaks down into 10 pieces.  Items displayed in the cabinet are for sale separately, but the price of the cabinet includes the glass shelves and low-voltage lighting system.

 

Reference

Fligny, Laurence, Le Mobilier en Picardie 1200-1700 (Picard Editeur, Paris, 1990)

 

Uses

The cabinets are ideal for any room in which items such as ceramics, porcelain, crystal, etc. will be displayed.  They could even be arranged back-to-back as the focus of a large room or as a room divider.

 

antique bookcase with glass doors and interior lighting

 

carving at base

 

detail of carving at base

 

central carving

 

dolphin carving on base of antique bilbliotheque

 

detail of walnut

 

top of bookcase

 

top corner of bookcase

 

sand pile detail

 

glass door of bookcase

 

column

 

column detail

side top

 

side bottom

antique library cabinet with interior lighting and Gien ceramics

 

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