18th Century Provencal Country French Walnut Buffet

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37H x 50W x 19.5D

Location: Baton Rouge


18th Century Provencal Country French Walnut Buffet was designed to be a cherished family heirloom from the very start!  Utilizing what was then plentiful luxuriously grained indigenous walnut, the artisans sculpted the lines in the manner of the Louis XV style but during the actual Louis XVI Period, showing their loyalty to the crown with the addition of two fleurs de lys carved in relief between the drawers and on the apron.  Only in the remote provinces did such pieces survive as during the French Revolution it was commonplace for symbols of the monarchy to be destroyed wherever they were found.  This exquisite example shows a boldly contoured apron lavished with scrollwork, the aforementioned fleur de lys, and a laurel spray with three six-pointed stars.  Matching scrollwork appears on the frames of the doors above, with similar treatment in the molding detail of the drawer facades.  The attentions of a master metalsmith are plain to see, with elaborate key guards and full length barrel hinges on each door, and matching ferrures on the drawer facades with bale pulls, all crafted from steel.
Circa 1760s
Measures 37H x 50W x 19.5D