Le Louvre French Antiques

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Code 117-10
Exceptional 18th Century Walnut Wood Bonnetiere from France

This elegant French walnut wood, 18th Century bonnetiere has an unusual focal point of a Pelican and her four hatchlings in their nest. This represents the ancient legend that told of a mother pelican and her hatchlings during a period of starvation. The mother would pierce her breast so that her hatchlings could feed from her blood. This tale of self sacrifice was adopted by early Christians, and this piece of furniture, known as a 'bonnetiere' was from a French sacristie in a wealthy parish. Above the carving, is a thick, boldly carved and stepped in crown with frieze displaying fruit and foliage. Half shells enclose the frieze panel at either end. Beneath the Pelican is a thickly molded, center door having three panels. The center panel is an elegant oval devoid of decoration but surrounded by a dominant molding. At the top, on its rounded shoulders are palmettes with flowers trailing to oblong panels extending downward to the apron. The sides have three rectangular panels with the center one being the smallest.  Its apron rests upon two front bun feet and two back block feet typical of the 1700’s. The interior has four shelves and a drawer. This bonnetiere has been beautifully designed with very little decoration, but counter balanced with thickly carved moldings and a dominant single focal point of a carved Pelican and her hatchlings. Today, bonnetieres are used to store almost anything that needs to be hidden away in a beautiful cabinet.

CONDITION:  Good antique condition.  Some restorations, age separations, two motifs have very minor losses.  There is old wood worm damage in areas.
H=101 1/4, Max Width=52 3/8 (crown), Body Width=44, Max Depth=31, Body Depth=26 1/8
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