18th Century Country French Trunk

2102-2115 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

20H x 41.5W x 20.5D

Location: Baton Rouge


18th Century Country French Trunk is an excellent example of the first cased furniture from which all case furniture evolved!  This example, rendered by talented rural artisans from old-growth, seasoned oak, features dovetailed corner joints carefully sawn by hand.  A baseboard was thoughtfully included to protect the bottom edges, which are also lifted off the ground on skids to keep away mop water.  Two hand-forged wrought iron handles on each end allow it to be more easily moved around.  The lid opens to reveal the hand-forged iron hinges, and a candle box which explains the lock, as candles were expensive commodities during the period.  Lastly, the sculptor's hand was applied to the facade, with raised and cross-hatched panels shaped in a naturalistic form around the central fleur de lys designs around the lock and on each side.
Circa 1770s
Measures 20H x 41.5W x 20.5D