Quality, sobriety and simplicity of this bonnetière echo the Auvergne art of living, centered on the essential.

Louis XIII style oak bonnetière – 18th century – Auvergne – [MP021]

Louis XIII style oak bonnetière – 18th century – Auvergne – [MP021] Here is a beautiful laundry cabinet which was intended for a house in Auvergne in the 18th century. Deliberately, the carpenter opted for the Louis XIII style, sober and refined. The door panels feature the traditional flattened diamond pattern.

This Bureau de Dame has an inclined flap with a book rack and two 'official' drawers.

Louis XV Bureau de Dame in walnut and oak – 18ᵗʰ century – South West – [ME056]

Louis XV Bureau de Dame in walnut and oak – 18ᵗʰ century – South West – [ME056] Dedicated to women, this type of desk, designed in the 18th century, bears the name of Bureau de Dame (lady’s desk) for this reason. As its architecture suggests, this desk at the time fulfilled a dual function. First,…

One takes the measure of the perfection of the layout when one observes by side the curve and the molding of the amounts.

Tomb-like commode in cherry wood – Louis XV – 18ᵗʰ century – South West – [ME055]

Tomb-like commode in cherry wood – Louis XV – 18ᵗʰ century – South West – [ME055] To observe attentively the movements which animate this Louis XV chest of drawers, it is to take the measure of the feats accomplished in the 18ᵗʰ century by the cabinetmaker who was the author. It comes out of the…

Curved chest of drawers in nuanced blond walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – Périgord - [ME052]

Curved chest of drawers in nuanced blond walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME052]

Curved chest of drawers in nuanced blond walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME052] At first glance, what illuminates this curved chest of drawers is the deeply nuanced blond walnut that was chosen to make it. Then, it presents this daring interest of being astride two worlds. That of the Louis XIV style which…

Shrunken two bodies sideboard in walnut - Louis XIII - Périgord - [ME050]

Shrunken two bodies sideboard in walnut – Louis XIII – Périgord – [ME050]

Shrunken two bodies sideboard in walnut – Louis XIII – Périgord – [ME050] Although faithful to the Louis XIII style which it expresses with authenticity, this sideboard from Périgord is narrowed, decorated and fitted out in a unique way. It bears the traces of the daring and ingenuity of the 18ᵗʰ century furniture carpenter who…

Louis XVI walnut chest of drawers – Late 18ᵗʰ century – South West – [ME045]

Louis XVI walnut chest of drawers – Late 18ᵗʰ century – South West – [ME045]

Louis XVI walnut chest of drawers – Late 18ᵗʰ century – South West – [ME045] This Louis XVI walnut chest of drawers, from the South West of France, excels by its sobriety. Its neoclassical style is reflected by grooves on the uprights, “sheath” feet and the molded projection on the front which creates relief.

Manka, oak sideboard – 18ᵗʰ century – Basque Country – [MP015]

Manka, oak sideboard – 18ᵗʰ century – Basque Country – [MP015]

Manka, oak sideboard – 18ᵗʰ century – Basque Country – [MP015] This oak sideboard comes from the Basque Country where it is called “manka”. Basque mankas, therefore, are characterized by the fact that their tray opens onto a large chest. This offers more storage space than the usual drawers. Another particularity of the mankas: the…

Elm wedding chest – 18ᵗʰ century – Cantal – [MP016]

Elm wedding chest – 18ᵗʰ century – Cantal – [MP016]

Elm wedding chest – 18ᵗʰ century – Cantal – [MP016] This unique piece of furniture reflects the talent and the delicate and sentimental approach of the peasant carpenter who lived for a time with these newlyweds and their families. Indeed, in the 18ᵗʰ century, furniture carpenters were itinerant. They would stay on the farm while…

Cherry wood sideboard – Louis XV Regency – 18ᵗʰ century – Aveyron – [ME047]

Cherry wood sideboard – Louis XV Regency – 18ᵗʰ century – Aveyron – [ME047]

Cherry wood sideboard – Louis XV Regency – 18ᵗʰ century – Aveyron – [ME047] We can detect a subtle variation of the Regency Louis XV style combining strict fidelity and well-assumed fantasy, if we carefully observe this period buffet in cherry wood shaped at the beginning of the 18ᵗʰ century. A rich and well-organized molding…

Louis XVI walnut chest of drawers – Late 18ᵗʰ century – Sud-Ouest – [ME039]

Louis XVI walnut chest of drawers – Late 18ᵗʰ century – Sud-Ouest – [ME039]

Louis XVI walnut chest of drawers – Late 18ᵗʰ century – Sud-Ouest – [ME039] We recognize the Louis XVI style of this walnut chest of drawers thanks to the clean and slender lines of its architecture. The veneer of the top, geometric, is made obliquely from a central axis, what is called a “fern” pattern…

Pantalonnière cupboard in cherry wood – Louis XIV – 18ᵗʰ century – Gironde – [ME044]

Pantalonnière cupboard in cherry wood – Louis XIV – 18ᵗʰ century – Gironde – [ME044]

Pantalonnière cupboard in cherry wood – Louis XIV – 18ᵗʰ century – Gironde – [ME044] Served by a remarkable cabinet making, this large cabinet is called “pantalonnière” because its basement conceals a drawer specifically devoted to the flat storage of pants. Two other drawers are housed inside, halfway up. This cabinet is based on opulent…

Winegrower's table in oak and cherry wood – 18ᵗʰ century – Lot – [MP014]

Winegrower’s table in oak and cherry wood – 18ᵗʰ century – Lot – [MP014]

Winegrower’s table in oak and cherry wood – 18ᵗʰ century – Lot – [MP014] This solid oval table was installed in the cellars during the harvest and during the production of wines. The rest of the time, thanks to its removable tray independent of the base on clogs, this winegrower’s furniture could easily be stored.

Louis XV style “homme-debout” in walnut - 18ᵗʰ century - Périgord - [ME043]

Louis XV style “homme-debout” in walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME043]

Louis XV style “homme-debout” in walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME043] Centerpiece of the kitchens of large residences, this “homme-debout” was intended to receive and protect the earthenware crockery which, during the 18ᵗʰ century, managed to supplant pewter services and pottery. The Louis XV style, full of curves and flowers, can be recognized…

Choir stall in oak – Louis XIV – 18ᵗʰ century – Auvergne

Choir stall in oak – Louis XIV – 18ᵗʰ century – Auvergne – [ME041]

Choir stall in oak – Louis XIV – 18ᵗʰ century – Auvergne – [ME041] This type of stall, where comfort reserved for the privileged and aesthetic concerns are closely linked, illustrates in its own way the splendor of cathedrals. Arranged on either side of the Choir of these religious buildings, these rows of seats allowed…

Curved chest of 4 drawers in walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – Rhône Valley [ME038]

Curved chest of 4 drawers in walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – Rhône Valley [ME038]

Like most of the Rhône Valley furniture, this chest of drawers boasts a large volume to appear and impress on the occasion of the receptions organized by the notables and the merchants for this purpose. Hence a profusion of ostentatious decorations: falls of lambrequins on the uprights, eventful moldings delimiting four drawers, themselves set with…

Walnut 4-door 2-drawer sideboard – Louis XIII – Périgord

Walnut 4-door 2-drawer sideboard – Louis XIII – Périgord [ME035]

Walnut 4-door 2-drawer sideboard – Louis XIII – Périgord This buffet, made at the beginning of the 18ᵗʰ century, is distinguished by its imposing size and ornamental richness. Deep moldings highlight the uprights, doors and high and low cornices. The double row of moldings which frame the drawers accentuates the decorative power of this Louis…

Oil jug  – 18ᵗʰ century – Quercy

Oil jug – 18ᵗʰ century – Quercy [PA013]

Oil jug  – 18ᵗʰ century – Quercy This elegant oil jar, turned in the 18ᵗʰ century, is distinguished by its slender upward handle, its pinched spout, its gray brown glaze made with manganese and its decoration of knurled strips arranged diagonally. So many particular signs in this region of production, the Quercy, which make us…

Cherry kitchen table – 18ᵗʰ century – South West

Cherry kitchen table – 18ᵗʰ century – South West [MP011]

Cherry kitchen table – 18ᵗʰ century – South West – Reference: MP011 – This small kitchen table was custom-made by a resident carpenter. In the eighteenth century, the sponsor invited the craftsman to stay at home time to accomplish his work, offering him for this period the lodging and the cover.  

Curved chest of drawers in walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – South West

Curved chest of drawers in walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – South West [ME033]

Curved chest of drawers in walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – South West – Reference : ME033 – The particular sign of this walnut dresser comes from the curve of its jambs combining softness and femininity. A broken molding softens the corners of the tray. The curve of the uprights prints its movement from top to…

Walnut four-door sideboard – Louis XIII – South-West

Walnut four-door sideboard – Louis XIII – South-West [ME032]

Walnut four-door sideboard – Louis XIII – South-West Neither imposing nor austere, while having the authentic Louis XIII register, this walnut chest combines its intimate size with a harmonious and assertive ornamentation that reflects the evolution of the lifestyle in the eighteenth century. Price: on demand. Reference: ME032    

French chest of drawers in walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – Rhône Valley

French chest of drawers in walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – Rhône Valley [ME031]

French chest of drawers in walnut – 18ᵗʰ century – Rhône Valley This dresser is called “sauteuse” because of the height of its feet slightly curved. Rarissime because of its small intimist proportions, it sports at the same time very rich Regency patterns designed by Jean Bérain, an ornamentalist of the eighteenth century who was…

Walnut sculpture – Saint Joseph and the Christ Child – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West France

Walnut sculpture – Saint Joseph and the Christ Child – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West France [ME028]

Walnut sculpture – Saint Joseph and the Christ Child – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West France Walnut sculpture – Saint Joseph and the Christ Child – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West France The quality of the realization of this monoxyle work reveals the talent of the sculptor who represents Saint Joseph and the Infant Jesus from a…

Louis XV walnut Provençal “panetière” – 18ᵗʰ century – South of France

Louis XV walnut Provençal “panetière” – 18ᵗʰ century – South of France [ME021]

Louis XV walnut Provençal “panetière” – 18ᵗʰ century – South of France   Louis XV walnut Provençal “panetière” – 18ᵗʰ century – South of France Looking like a beautiful miniature cathedral, this carefully crafted little piece of furniture as sometimes thought to be an element of church furniture. In fact, it is a highly prized…

Curved Louis XV walnut chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West of France

Curved Louis XV walnut chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West of France [ME019]

Curved Louis XV walnut chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West of France   Curved Louis XV walnut chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West of France The generous proportions of this “upper middle class” chest of drawers attest to the high social status of the person who commissioned this piece. Référence : ME019

Armoire normande en chêne – fin XVIIIᵉ – Pays de Caux

Normandy oak wardrobe – late 18ᵗʰ century – Pays de Caux [ME015]

Armoire normande en chêne – fin XVIIIᵉ – Pays de Caux Normandy oak wardrobe – late 18ᵗʰ century – Pays de Caux Designed and created as a wedding gift by a cabinetmaker and a sculptor from Caux, this Normandy wardrobe has all the attributes appertaining to its terroir and its time, the end of the…

Glazed earthenware « mélard » - 18ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme

Glazed earthenware « mélard » – 18ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme [PA027]

Glazed earthenware « mélard » – 18ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme Glazed earthenware « mélard » – 18ᵗʰ century – Puy de Dôme The size of this commonly used piece of pottery is absolutely amazing. In days gone by, it was used for storing nut oil in mills, châteaux and monasteries. In the 18ᵗʰ century, nut oil was…

Provençal Louis XV walnut dough trough – 18ᵗʰ century – south of France

Provençal Louis XV walnut dough trough – 18ᵗʰ century – south of France [ME020]

Provençal Louis XV walnut dough trough – 18ᵗʰ century – south of France Provençal Louis XV walnut dough trough – 18ᵗʰ century – south of France This richly crafted dough trough comes from an artisanal workshop situated in Provence, in the Arles and Fourques region. It was created in the 18ᵗʰ century. This piece of…

Natural oak, popular art chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – Pyrenees

Natural oak, popular art chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – Pyrenees [MP007]

Natural oak, popular art chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – Pyrenees Natural oak, popular art chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – Pyrenees The rusticity of countryside furniture and the elegance of the Louis XV style come harmoniously together in this natural oak chest of drawers made by a cabinetmaker in the Pyrenees. The…

Cherry-wood curved chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West France

Cherry-wood curved chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West France [ME018]

Cherry-wood curved chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West France   Cherry-wood curved chest of drawers – 18ᵗʰ century – South-West France   This chest of drawers is basically a sturdy and plain structure; however, the curved line of its front gives it an attractive wavy shape. – The apex points follow a perfectly…

Armoire de mariage en noyer – XVIIIᵉ siècle – Région lyonnaise

Walnut wedding gift wardrobe – 18ᵗʰ century – Lyon region [ME013]

On the upper crosspiece, beneath the cornice, an inset contains a stunning coat of arms representing the family who commissioned this unique piece. The front of the wardrobe is richly decorated with seashells and leaves. The doors are enhanced by Bérain-style decorations. Bérain was a famous 18ᵗʰ century decorative artist who created many highly popular…

Coffre en noyer – XVIIIᵉ siècle – Périgord

Walnut coffer – 18ᵗʰ century – Périgord [ME010]

Made of exceptionally fine wood the sides and top have been made from the same plank ofaged walnut. The arched moulding surrounding the lock is indicative of the skill of contempory cabinet makers. The top is decorated with painted fleur de lys – symbol of nobility.