Antique of the Week ~ The Hunt Buffet

Antique letter engravingThe warm patina and intricate carvings are captivating elements of this antique French Hunt buffet. Such sideboards were very popular in the second part of the 19th century and over a hundred years later, demand is strong with many designers desiring to bring focus to this wonderful style, and at the same time giving a room a rustic yet refined soul with a certain identity. 

French Antique Buffet

French Antique Buffet

This particular antique hunt buffet boasts three bold acanthus rosettes on the drawer tier, which appear above carved corbels and bounty-of-the-earth fruit motifs, called della Robbia by the Italians, and lead the eye to the door panels gloriously carved with the spoils of the hunt. The drawers have been carved with intertwined vines which create the drawer pulls and continue around the sides. Even the side panels are framed, raised, and carved with intaglio foliates, with a full relief carving on the upper side panel boasting a heraldic crest and foliates. Intricate molding throughout provides the proper framework, especially the demilune around the top edge.

French Antique Buffet

 French Antique Buffet

French Antique BuffetFrench Antique Buffet

In past centuries the style of the hunt reflected one of the favorite pastimes of society and celebrated this look indoors with skillful design and craftsmanship. When you study the detail of exquisitely made pieces such as this buffet, you come to appreciate such fine woodcarving.  As we restore these amazing pieces and bring them back to their original glory, we have the opportunity to examine this refinement close at hand.

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 Inessa Stewart

Antiques in Style is a source of joy for me to create, and hopefully will be a source of inspiration for you! The variety, artistry and history of the antiques and vintage pieces that surround us every day provide pleasure, beauty and sometimes even intrigue.

The classics never go out of style, and each era, country, and even artisan's interpretations create an environment that is always full of surprises.

It is truly a pleasure to bring such timeless style together for every client and follower of my blog. And of course, your input is always welcome!

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