This handsome French oak bibliotheque, or wooden bookcase, dates to the middle of the 1700’s. The oak has been stripped and bleached, and interior painted with a French blue lavender. Originally, an Armoire de Boiserie, it’s feet are hidden beneath a long, shaped, stepped-out lower apron, which continues around the sides. The crown of the bibliotheque has the same simple and curved shape, which adds a softness to the corners. The decorative interest of the piece resides in the gracefully shaped center panels and upper sections of the doors. They are typical 18th century France, with part of the middle panel indicating it was likely from a region surrounding Paris, or the Ile-de-France.
The chicken wire panels, although added more recently, were originally used in many bibliotheques throughout the regions of France during the 1700’s. Today, it makes for a very decorative bookcase. It’s bleached oak color and lavender interior will work well with a variety of designs, and it would also make for a wonderful display cabinet for accessories, collections of Faience, and more.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with some age separations and minor losses to wood as seen in photos. Minor areas of blue paint on exterior door.