19th Century Country French Bonnetiere ~ Garde Manger from Brittany

2202-1736 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

74H x 34.5W x 17.5D

Location: Baton Rouge


19th Century Country French Bonnetiere ~ Garde Manger from Brittany is a charming example of the whimsical furnishings for which the region is so warmly regarded.  Hand-crafted from indigenous oak, it features a shallow profile making it traffic friendly.  The garde manger was originally intended as a food storage cabinet in the kitchen, back when fresh air circulation was considered more healthful, hence the opening on the door defined by spindle railing.  This example features a nicely proportioned crown molding over a bonnet graced with an heraldic crest flanked by foliate sprays, then by rosettes on the corners appearing above the carved pilasters that extend all the way down to the base with another pair of rosettes just above the carved apron molding.  The carving on the drawer below mirrors the bonnet above, and is centered with the fanciful bale pull.  The door itself is a work of art, with hand-carved molding all around providing frameworks for the two featured carved panels.  Both depict gentlemen enjoying their estates, obviously affluent, and living the good life ~ common themes of furnishings from the region for centuries.  The door opens to reveal three surfaces including two adjustable shelves for very versatile storage.
Circa 1870s
Measures 74H x 34.5W x 17.5D

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