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 of the sides, as neat as the facade.
This bonnetière rests at the front on two rave feet, clearly detached from the low chair rail, itself richly molded.
The bottom drawer is also molded in its entirety.
Finally, we will notice the generous entablature of the high cornice, furnished with multiple tight moldings.
So much refinement and attractions that attest to the high standards and taste of an exceptional sponsor.
It should be noted that at the time when it was commissioned, in the 17ᵗʰ century, therefore, the term bonnetière did not exist.
It was not until the 19ᵗʰ century and the democratization of furniture, which gradually took over all homes, for each piece of furniture to obtain a precise name according to its function.
It was then that the term which is familiar to us today “bonnetière” will appear. Why ? Because since the beginning, we have stored in this type of cupboard, in addition to tablecloths, towels and bed sheets, the famous “nightcaps”, widely used in the days of monarchies. Let us remember that then, there was no question of showing up all disheveled or disheveled upon waking up. Whatever your night, your styling should remain impeccable.