French Gothic Revival Hall Tree dated 1829

2002-912299 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

80H x 33W x 12D

Location: Dallas

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French Gothic Revival Hall Tree dated 1829 is a splendid example of hand-sculpted genius!  Meticulously carved from solid old-growth oak, and initialed AS, it was produced at the behest of A. Kuhnowski in 1829, who hailed from Troyes.  Troyes is the capital of the department of Aube in the Grand Est region of north-central France. It is located on the Seine river about 140 km southeast of Paris. Troyes is situated within the Champagne wine region and is near to the Orient Forest Regional Natural Park.  Obviously Kuhnowski was a prosperous businessman in the region, perhaps involved in the champagne or wine trade, and had this hall tree commissioned to welcome visitors to his manoir.  A bold canopy style crown with pierce-carved apron overlooks the arched bonnet and nine carved panels below, mixing geometric patterns with linenfold motif, all in bold relief.  A surface with drawer below is supported by half-round carved pilasters which also separate the two metal-lined drip pans for the umbrella/cane holders which are fitted with twisted iron rails.  The same twisted iron motif also appears on the four hat & coat hangers above.  Hand-crafted during the beginning of the Gothic Revival period of the early 19th century.
Dated 1829
Measures 80H x 33W x 12D