Present since the Renaissance it’s only under Louis XV that the buffet deux corps like this one will acquire a gracefully shaped outline and curves. The top part is notably higher than the bottom one and become topped with an arched cornice in the shape of a “chapeau de gendarme” in reference to the hats the police officers under Louis XV were wearing.
The angle posts become rounded and the feet take a very characteristic shape called “escargots” (snails). The bottom crosspiece, beautifully “chantournee: Takes it parts to the very elegant outline. The fabulous hand made moldings are very scrolled and with a deep carving, sign of quality, on doors and cornice.
This buffet shows a gorgeous patina due to its age but also to the warm nuances of the walnut wood which makes the moldings to stand out. To notice also is the carving of a daisy between the two drawers of the bottom piece.
It comes with its original inside shelves and working locks and keys for top and bottom parts. The top three shelves were made to exhibit the home plates and dishes in China, faience and silver. It was custom to let the upper doors open during diners in order to show off the table service but also to permit the servants to access a particular piece if needed for service.
A marvellous piece of furniture coming from a small French Chateau in Ile de France Region (around Paris) and that would bring a fabulous touch to any room, including the entry hall.
OF THE PERIOD: Louis XV
PLACE OF ORIGIN: France
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1750
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Hand-Carved Walnut
CONDITION: Excellent. There are some European Beetle holes, normal..
WEAR: Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
HEIGHT: 8 ft. 10 in. (269 cm)
WIDTH: 4 ft. 7 in. (140 cm)
DEPTH: 25.5 in. (65 cm)