Early 19th Century Rustic Dutch Vaisselier ~ Cabinet ~ Bookcase

2005-9614 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

70H x 58W x 19D

Location: Baton Rouge


Early 19th Century Rustic Dutch Vaisselier ~ Cabinet ~ Bookcase is a charming example of rural craftsmanship, utilizing techniques handed down from generation to generation.  Employing old-growth indigenous oak, the artisans first created the main housing with elaborate scrolls of thick oak on each side terminating in extended feet below for extra stability.  An upper cabinet features two sliding panels in the French glissant style, that flank a splendid carving of the Star of Bethlehem.  Inside woven tapestry fabric provides an attractive, soft backing for one's possessions.  Fine apron detailing appears below the upper cabinet affixed with hand-forged iron hooks from which cups could be hung, and the same apron detailing appears on the base as well.  In between are three surfaces for displaying or storing copious possessions, but above the top shelf is a marvelous carving depicting repetitive tulips centered with a heart, indicating this was most likely produced as a wedding gift to a lucky couple.  Originally designed as a kitchen cupboard, it can serve today in a wide variety of uses, including but not limited to a wonderfully charming bookcase!
Circa 1820s
Measures 70H x 58W x 19D