Early 19th Century Grand French Empire Period Burl Walnut Armoire

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97H x 70.5W x 31D

Location: Baton Rouge


Early 19th Century Grand French Empire Period Burl Walnut Armoire is a magnificent artifact from a transformative period in European history!  Hand-crafted almost exclusively from indigenous French walnut, it features bookmatched burl walnut panels in abundance ~ that are not veneer!  Solid burl wood was very precious and expensive, so obviously whoever commissioned this work of art was extraordinarily affluent.  Such pieces are frequently very well preserved because of family traditions and history, as is the case with this extraordinary example.  The multiple tiers of the bold crown molding overlook a bonnet of burl walnut which in turn overlooks the burl panels of the two doors, center stile, and lower drawer unit below, flanked by a pair of solid walnut half-columns.  The columns become round plinths with rounded bullet shaped feet which was a style affectation of the times.  Jewelry-quality cast brass drawer pulls and key guards add a superb visual touch.  The doors open wide to reveal a cavernous interior, with four surfaces and four interior drawers, all fitted with brass pulls and a key guard.  The right door has the original hand-forged bar lock intact, mounted on the center stile.  By removing and/or adjusting the shelving, one could easily place a large flat panel TV inside, should one so choose.  Regardless, this will make the perfect selection for a stunning centerpiece to create a focal point in any room.
Circa 1810-1820.
Measures 97H x 70.5W x 31D

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