Scalloped cornice and cimaise

Mansion clock in cherry wood – 18ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME057]

Mansion clock in cherry wood – 18ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME057] FROM THE SUN TO THE WATCH, FROM PRAYER TO THE POINTEUSE, A VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CAPTURE OF TIME The millennial quest for the measurement of time will free itself from the course of the Sun and the flow of water to…

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…

The uprights, crosspieces and door frames are molded over their entire width.

Homme debout in walnut – Louis XIV – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord-Limousin – [ME054]

Homme debout in walnut – Louis XIV – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord-Limousin – [ME054] It is clear that this ‘homme debout’ has been entirely worked, so that there is no walnut plank treated flat. The uprights, crosspieces and door frames are in fact molded over the entire width. In addition, in the center of the…

Office cabinet in walnut - Louis XIII - 17th century - Périgord - [ME053]

Office cabinet in walnut – Louis XIII – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME053]

Office cabinet in walnut – Louis XIII – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME053] Devoted to the storage needs of a large office, this Louis XIII cabinet illustrates the type of command required by the noble houses and castles of Périgord. It dates from the 17ᵗʰ century and enjoys a remarkable state of conservation.

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…

Renaissance style chest in walnut - 17ᵗʰ century - Périgord - [ME051]

Renaissance style chest in walnut – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME051]

Renaissance style chest in walnut – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME051] Made in Périgord in the 17ᵗʰ century, this walnut chest uses the aesthetic codes of the Renaissance, a pivotal period between the Middle Ages and modern times. You can recognize the famous gadrooned moldings around the edge of the plateau and on the…

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 XIII walnut bonnetière - End of the 17th century - Périgord - [ME046]

Louis XIII walnut bonnetière – End of the 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME046]

Louis XIII walnut bonnetière – End of the 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord – [ME046] What is striking when you observe this beautiful walnut cabinet from Périgord are the splendid Maltese cross diamond points emerging from its doors, themselves surrounded by profiled moldings occupying the entire width of the frame. Note also the quality of execution…

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.

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…

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…

Walnut dresser – Renaissance Style – 19ᵗʰ century – Aquitaine

Walnut dresser – Renaissance Style – 19ᵗʰ century – Aquitaine – [ME042]

Walnut dresser – Renaissance Style – 19ᵗʰ century – Aquitaine – [ME042] In the 16ᵗʰ century, families from the nobility possessed sumptuous pewter services that they had to show their guests. This dresser took center stage in the reception hall and fulfilled precisely this mission. Resting on a large base richly molded, this high storage…

Mazarin desk in walnut, oak and pear – Louis XIV – 17ᵗʰ century – South-West – [ME040]

Mazarin desk in walnut, oak and pear – Louis XIV – 17ᵗʰ century – South-West – [ME040]

This Louis XIV desk, Mazarin style, has the particularity of having been fashioned with different types of wood. The top is in walnut, the frame is in oak, the drawers and panels are in pear wood. This cleverly thought-out assembly highlights the architecture of this “bureau de milieu”, not intended to be against a wall…

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…

Couple of oak armchairs – Louis XIV – South West

Couple of oak armchairs – Louis XIV – South West – [ME036]

Couple of oak armchairs – Louis XIV – South West These Louis XIV armchairs with large, slightly inclined flat backrests, have the delicacy of displaying two different sizes to personalize each other’s seat within the couple. The large armchair of Monsieur, willingly more austere because of its Louis XIV structure enhanced by large armrests in…

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…

Renaissance Credenza in oak - 17ᵗʰ century - South-West

Renaissance Credenza in oak – 17ᵗʰ century – South-West [ME034]

Renaissance Credenza in oak – 17ᵗʰ century – South-West Placed on rave feet supporting a low cornice with gadrooned patterns, this credenza rests on twisted balusters which support the essential: its recessed body with a door framed by two fully sculpted drawers. At first glance, we are struck by the ornamental finesse of this Renaissance…

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…

Ceremonial walnut armchair – Louis XIV – South-West France

Ceremonial walnut armchair – Louis XIV – South-West France [ME029]

Ceremonial walnut armchair – Louis XIV – South-West France Its walnut frame entirely worked in “Os de mouton” gives this Louis XIV armchair this ostensible elegance ensuring its function of ceremonial. It embodies the craze for curves and lacrosse endings that occur during the Regency in the third period of the Louis XIV period. Deliberately,…

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

Louis XIII walnut kitchen table – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord

Louis XIII walnut kitchen table – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord [ME017]

Louis XIII walnut kitchen table – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord   Louis XIII walnut kitchen table – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord   This is the sort of furniture that was used by servants for preparing meals and receptions in the kitchen quarters – the kitchen itself, the scullery, the cellar – in manors, mansions, castles……

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…

Louis XIII two-tier walnut sideboard – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord

Louis XIII two-tier walnut sideboard – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord [ME016]

Louis XIII two-tier walnut sideboard – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord   Louis XIII two-tier walnut sideboard – 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord   This two-tiered sideboard with four doors and three drawers is emblematic of the way in which furniture makers in the Périgord reinterpreted the Louis XIII style. Reference number: ME016

Louis XIII two-tiered walnut buffet – 17ᵗʰ century – South West France

Louis XIII two-tiered walnut buffet – 17ᵗʰ century – South West France [ME023]

Louis XIII two-tiered walnut buffet – 17ᵗʰ century – South West France Louis XIII two-tiered walnut buffet – 17ᵗʰ century – South West France The unusually diminished size of the upper cabinet makes this piece particularly appealing. This buffet is a true gem, attesting to the rigorous precision of the Louis XIII style released by…

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…

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 Louis XIV en noyer – fin XVIIᵉ siècle – Périgord - ME002

Louis XIV walnut armoire – late 17ᵗʰ century – Périgord [ME002]

This coffered armoire, with drawers in the lower part, is in the Louis XIV style. The ultimate aim was to flaunt in one’s own home an ostentatious piece of furniture, reflecting the pomp and splendour of Versailles, initiated by Louis XIV, the Sun King. This type of furniture crowned the social and economic success of…

Louis XIII wardrobe – 17ᵗʰ century – Limousin

Louis XIII wardrobe – 17ᵗʰ century – Limousin [ME001]

This linen cupboard from Limousin is typical of the first provincial furniture to make its way into aristocratic homes at the start of the 17ᵗʰ century. Before that, they put their clothes and linen in chests. This is a functional piece of furniture with just one audacious artistic feature: the moulding on the panels, designed…

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…

Crédence Renaissance en noyer – XVIIᵉ siècle

Walnut sideboard – Renaissance – 17ᵗʰ century [ME012]

Offering a collection of Renaissance style decorations. Trompe l’œil panels on top doors. Side and bottom panels decorated with arabesques. Top and bottom horizontal crosspieces enhanced with palmettos and shells. Moulded drawers decorated with drop beads. Columns with ornamental capitals..

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.

Oak chest – 17ᵗʰ Century – Auvergne

Oak chest – 17ᵗʰ Century – Auvergne [ME011]

Extremely rare oak chest with rounded lid. Front decorated with four Caryatids in stylised girdles and three panels with mascarons on them (a lion in the centre and a human mask on either side) and wormlike motifs. The hasp is vintage as well as the three hinge strips which clasp down the upper part.