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.

Vaisselier dresser-drainer in cherrywood – 19ᵗʰ century – South West – [MP019]

Vaisselier dresser-drainer in cherrywood – 19ᵗʰ century – South West – [MP019]

Vaisselier dresser-drainer in cherrywood – 19ᵗʰ century – South West – [MP019] Everything is scalloped curves in this discreet dresser which in fact fulfills two distinct missions. At the very bottom is the drainer on spaced slats while the three top shelves fulfill the function of display, the crockery being held by scalloped bars. In…

Beech butcher's block – End of 19ᵗʰ century – South West – [MP018]

Beech butcher’s block – End of 19ᵗʰ century – South West – [MP018]

Beech butcher’s block – End of 19ᵗʰ century – South West – [MP018] The centerpiece of butcher’s stalls in the 19ᵗʰ century, these old butcher’s block were designed to withstand the butchers’ blows, vigorous and precise. The top is for this reason made up of an assembly of end grain or cross cut wooden cubes;…

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…

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.

Cherry wood farm table - 19ᵗʰ century - Périgord [MP013]

Cherry wood farm table – 19ᵗʰ century – Périgord [MP013]

By its simplicity, its robustness and its patina, this farm table evokes at first glance the peasant life of which it was the center during each meal taken together in the kitchen, long the only living room of the House. A single drawer constituted the storage of the precious bread. On the plate, brown traces…

Cottage chest, a folk art chef-d’œuvre – 17ᵗʰ century – Gers

Cottage chest, a folk art chef-d’œuvre – 17ᵗʰ century – Gers [MP006]

Cottage chest, a folk art chef-d’œuvre – 17ᵗʰ century – Gers Cottage chest, a folk art chef-d’œuvre – 17ᵗʰ century – Gers [MP006] Highly original and cleverly designed, this wedding gift chest, the work of a provincial cabinetmaker, shows an inventive and “no-nonsense” approach with special attention paid to the choice of wood species. This…

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.  

Grand fir fireplace bench – 19ᵗʰ century – Pyrénées

Grand fir fireplace bench – 19ᵗʰ century – Pyrénées [MP010]

Grand fir fireplace bench – 19ᵗʰ century – Pyrénées This large fir-tree bench from the Pyrénées was placed in front of the hearth to warm up while contemplating the flames. It is comfortable because of its large size and generous backrest. The disproportionate armrests are a pure creation of the farmer-woodworker who shaped it. The…

Shop counter – late 19ᵗʰ century – France

Shop counter – late 19ᵗʰ century – France [MP009]

Shop counter – late 19ᵗʰ century – France This shop counter shaped in the late 19ᵗʰ century still bears the trace of its original white paint that emphasizes the moldings and console legs, treated on a neoclassical model. On its back side appear two shelves and a small drawer where was stored the change; the…

Pinewood seed measuring device – 19ᵗʰ century – Auvergne – Massif Central

Pinewood seed measuring device – 19ᵗʰ century – Auvergne – Massif Central [MP008]

Pinewood seed measuring device – 19ᵗʰ century – Auvergne – Massif Central Pinewood seed measuring device – 19ᵗʰ century – Auvergne – Massif Central Designed for a specific agricultural function, measuring seeds, this unique piece combines traditional workmanship and the artistic touch of the peasant farmer who created it. The dovetailed corners have been carefully…

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…

Oak storage wardrobe - from a monastery – 17ᵗʰ century – Burgundy

Oak storage wardrobe – from a monastery – 17ᵗʰ century – Burgundy [MP005]

Oak storage wardrobe – from a monastery – 17ᵗʰ century – Burgundy Oak storage wardrobe – from a monastery – 17ᵗʰ century – Burgundy A veritable masterpiece created by a 17ᵗʰ century “image maker” (the name attributed to wood carvers), this storage wardrobe stood proudly in a monastery that used to produce Burgundy wine. It…

Oak wedding wardrobe – 19ᵗʰ century – Brittany - MP001

Oak wedding wardrobe – 19ᵗʰ century – Brittany [MP001]

For the most part, popular art furniture was specially ordered for weddings. The families deployed considerable means so that their children’s union would be fertile, prosperous and everlasting. The symbols that were used were understood by everybody, since they were rooted in a shared religious iconography. Beside the wardrobe, the other piece of furniture standing…

Bahut à glissants en noyer – XIXᵉ siècle – Provence

Walnut sideboard with tabernacle – 19ᵗʰ century – Provence [MP004]

This Provençal sideboard has a rich floral ornamentation. The upper part has sliding doors called “glissants”. Finely crafted iron fittings. The lower crosspiece is decorated with a soup tureen and olive branches. Scroll feet.