Louis XV style “homme-debout” (standing man) intended to house earthenware dishes very popular in the 18ᵗʰ century
Louis XV style “homme-debout” (standing man) intended to house earthenware dishes very popular in the 18ᵗʰ century

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

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 by the fretwork of the doors and crosspieces, themselves enhanced with floral baskets patterns.
Note the pretty naive pattern on the top crossbar.
This “homme-debout” is wearing a largely molded cornice and rests on feet worked in volutes.
The whole is underlined by a very good quality of ironwork with noble proportions.

Louis XV style door (chantournée)
Louis XV style door (chantournée)
Feet worked in volutes
Feet worked in volutes
Flower basket pattern on the bottom rail
Flower basket pattern on the bottom rail
Étonnant motif naïf sur la traverse du haut
Astonishing naive pattern on the top rail

The keyholes as well as the handle appliques are original, in tinned wrought iron (covered with pewter).
The inverted heart shaped handles suggest that this standing man was made on the occasion of a wedding.

Original tin-plated wrought iron handle applique
Original tin-plated wrought iron handle applique
Handles in the shape of inverted hearts
Handles in the shape of inverted hearts

Price: on demand.
Dimensions
Width: 102 cm, height: 203 cm, depth: 68 cm.
Reference : [ME043]

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