Antique Napoleon III Period Henri II Grand Bibliotheque

2304-29298 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

Location: Dallas


With a magnificent arched crown that soars over nine feet from the ground, this monumental quadruple bibliotheque was meant to impress! Sculpted from select French walnut, examples such as this were meant to be one-of-a-kind, and to reflect the style and manner of the owner who commissioned its production. This artifact features classical architecture and restrained Renaissance revival ornamentation popular during the final days of the Second Empire, with a massive lower section fitted with four carved cabinet doors supporting the upper glazed tier. The latter boasts a pair of tall glazed, arched doors at the center flanked by a pair of doors with 1/4 of their length consisting of finely carved decorative panels. Designed to display fine books as well as to store those volumes that were not as attractive, monumental pieces such as this were also used to display trophies from sports and hunting.
Truly a masterpiece of the cabinetmaker's art!
Circa 1870.
Measures 112.5 x 84 x 24.5.