19th Century French Neoclassical Revival Two-Tiered Buffet ~ Cabinet

2207-22195 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

91.5H x 43.5W x 18.5D

Location: Baton Rouge


19th Century French Neoclassical Revival Two-Tiered Buffet ~ Cabinet is a stunning example of late Napoleon III Period magnificence!  Sculpted from select French walnut, it features boldly arched crown moldings embracing a central portico style carving that was inspired by ancient Greek and Roman temples.  The stepped front and back nature of the horizontal crown molding underneath creates a platform for the work above, and follows the contours of the upper facade, which is centered by a breathtaking full relief carving of a winged angel, who is flanked by two ebonized walnut panels framed by inlaid satinwood.  Underneath, two exceptionally well-sculpted door panels with angels and stylized foliates and scrollwork adorn the upper doors, flanked by columns with fluted bases.  Half columns define the rear corner of the upper tier for amazing visual appeal from any angle.  The lower base unit is a distinctively different theme yet entirely complementary, with acanthus leaf-carved corbels embracing three ebonized walnut drawer facades.  Carved pilasters adorn the corners, centered with ebonized panels framed by satinwood to emulate those on the crown above.  The lower doors are beautifully carved with egg forms at the center framed by laurel wreaths, with stylized shell and heraldic crest motif included in the design.  A bold, flared base with bun feet completes the exterior in the front, but even the sides have received fine molded detail and intaglio style carved embellishment.  Doors and drawers open to reveal surprising storage capability for such a decorative and historically significant piece.
Circa 1870s
Measures 91.5H x 43.5W x 18.5D

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