Location: Baton Rouge
Magnificent antique Country French armoire with inlaid crown of the Maltese Cross, a symbol that dates back to the Crusades and the early European history. Hand-crafted from select French walnut by the master artisans in the regions surrounding French city of Lyon, it bears an elegant architecture that allows one to more fully appreciate the sheer natural beauty of Europe's finest indigenous wood. One of its most endearing qualities is the way French walnut achieves such a wonderful patina with the passing of the decades. Exquisitely scrolled frameworks and bold molded detail continues around each side, and this armoire boasts its original lockwork, keyguards and hinges for an authentic and historic example of 18th century hand-crafted artisanry. Note also the quatrefoil symbolism in the center panels of each door representing the four points of the Cross, and the fact that the side panels, all chamfered to perfection, number five (rather than three) on each side which was a common trait for armoires and antique furniture made in the area surrounding Lyon in 18th century.
Measures 86 x 57 x 25.