Early 19th Century Country French Rustic Petrin ~ Doughbox

2006-912554 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

29H x 60W x 27.5D

Location: Dallas


Early 19th Century Country French Rustic Petrin ~ Doughbox recalls a simpler time, when there were no supermarkets, no bakeries on every corner except in the cities, and folks outside the central cities were obliged to make their own bread, typically on a daily basis!  This Petrin, called a doughbox in English, was placed in the kitchen area and most of the time served as a preparation surface.  However, when bread was being made, the top served as a place to make the dough, roll it out, form it, then place it inside to "proof" or rise.  Most French bread recipes required two proofings.  After the bread was baked the fresh aromatic loaf or loaves would be placed on the table and pretty much consumed by the end of the day.  In the meantime, the Petrin reverted back to its extra surface capacity.  Hand-crafted from dense, old-growth indigenous oak, this example features a completely removable top, turned legs and classic "H" stretcher.  Pegged mortise & tenon joinery with dovetailing on the casework corners ensures it was designed to literally last for centuries!
Circa 1830s
Measures 29H x 60W x 27.5D