This charming walnut wood buffet was constructed for a family living in Provence in the 1700’s. Before the mid 1800’s, regional French furniture was always commissioned by skilled ebenists or wood workers. This buffet has ornamentation of stalks of leaves, interlaced tassels, and small flowers, which is typical of buffets from Provence. The lower apron has an unusual carved motif, centered by a small Fleur De Lys. Emanating from this, are several flowering branches. The two front doors are shaped along the upper edge to match the long grooved channel below the top, and each door has thick, attractive undulating moldings, also typical of Provence, France. The lock and key are in good working order, and the left door is held in place by a swing latch attached to the shelf.
This 18th century Louis XV buffet has a particularly attractive stance, with a relatively small overall size, and large and well sculpted scrolling rocaille feet at the front. We have waxed the wood to give it a warm patina, and today, it will make an beautiful addition to any living room or dining room needing extra storage and a display surface.
CONDITION: Good strong antique condition. Some replaced boards (back, blocks under back feet). Old worming to side panels and an interior corner (see photos). Rubs and wear, commensurate with age.