PAIR 19th Century French Louis Philippe Period Mahogany Armoires

2001-912388 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

98H x 56W x 26D

Location: Baton Rouge


PAIR 19th Century French Louis Philippe Period Mahogany Armoires are an exceptionally rare find!  Hand-crafted during the years transitioning into the Napoleon III Period, each shows the additional embellishment and style flair that evolved from the more austere early period pieces.  At that time the finer furniture houses of Paris and London were still able to get exquisite old-growth mahogany timbers from the Americas, and although expensive even then, were, and still are, considered the finest furniture woods available.  The architecture of the casework is neoclassic in origin, with straight sides, mitered corners and bold molded detail to accentuate the form.  A generously sized mirror appears on each of the doors to provide a lovely reflection of your room, and flanking the mirrors are amazingly detailed columns with Corinthian capitals on top, clockwise & counterclockwise barley twist columns transitioning into tightly spiraled urn shapes with two more urn tiers below adorned with hand-carved acanthus plumes.  The columns are set upon two tiers of molded plinths set at 45 degrees.  Below is a large drawer adorned with a relief rosette matching that on the crown above the mirrors, with an apron below that actually conceals a second drawer, fashioned with a subtly scrolled base and stylized fleur de lys at the center.  Inside one finds adjustable shelves and a panel on the back side of the door designed to stylishly protect the original silvering on the mirrors.
What a wonderfully designed and well-preserved historical artifact ~ in a PAIR!
Circa 1860s
Each measures 98H x 56W x 26D

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