A homme debout is a two-bodied cabinet with a drawer separating the sections. This handsome homme debout from southwest France was hand-carved from oak in the 1600’s. The period Louis XIII piece was painted more recently in a cream and white finish with light gray accents. Both bodies have interiors of golden silk festooned with a green foliate rinceaux filled with red and yellow floral bouquets, while a textured red upholstery lines the drawer.
The rectangular upper and lower doors have been carved with a raised molding featuring the same motifs: Vitruvian waves filled with flowers. In the center of the door, the molding runs vertically, separating a pair of foliate margents (although the margents differ slightly between the upper and lower sections). Foliate carvings surround the entire cabinet façade, with center florets on the horizontal panels. Larger Vitruvian waves embellish the drawer with an ovate drop pull and a floral mount.
Our 17th century painted homme debout is of a relatively small size compared to other French cabinets of this type. This homme debout can be used in the bedroom or any room that needs a compact storage piece.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with nicks and minor losses to wood, please see photos. Minor buildup to paint, which is not original. Functional locks, each with their own key. Some lifting to the silk linings, commensurate with age and use.