19th Century Country French Armoire from Normandie

2202-1738 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

96.5H x 65.5W x 24D

Location: Baton Rouge


19th Century Country French Armoire from Normandie is a magnificent example of the incredible craftsmanship prevalent in the northwest province for the past several centuries!  The boldly formed multi-tiered crown lords over the casework, and exhibits fine carved detail which is a quality upon which the artisans expanded on the casework below.  The bonnet is a study in stylized floral and foliates, celebrating the natural wild beauty of the fertile region.  Rounded cornerposts which are complemented by the shape of the crown above, are carved with foliates and grape clusters in segments separated by fluting, continuing to the scrolled and carved legs below.  The legs provide a framework for the elaborate apron, carved with a drapery linen motif on a boldly scrolled background.  The doors above, however, steal the show, with two main panels each shaped with classic French scrolls, outlined in egg & dart, and framed with beautiful molded detail.  At the top and bottom of the doors appear more stylized wildflowers and foliates, while at the center there's a slanted oval panel cared with a basket bursting with wildflowers and sunflowers, with elaborately carved side panels immediately adjacent to the ovals.  Even the center stile is a work of the sculptor's art, and includes a lavish carved corbel and spiral ribbon motifs added to the mix.  Doors open wide thanks to the big steel barrel hinges to reveal a cavernous interior, and the finishing touch is the two elaborate pierced steel key guards.
Circa 1840s
Measures 96.5H x 65.5W x 24D

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