This beautiful walnut buffet de chasse (hunting buffet) is characteristic of furniture from the Rhone-Alpes region of France during the Louis XV period. Topped with a dark gray Saint Cyr stone with marine inclusions, the buffet was hand-carved in Lyon, circa 1750.
Typically found in hunting lodges, buffet de chasse would be used for presentation of game after the hunt, with the quarry placed on the stone for all to see. The two buffet doors set on iron hinges are adorned with shaped panels, floral and foliate elements, and thick molding. The doors would were sometimes left open to show the host’s faïencerie, which would be placed on the two full-length shelves. Interior drawers would then be opened in another display of wealth, revealing silverware and serving pieces.
Usually seen with a plinth style base, our 18th century walnut buffet de chasse sits on four feet. Front cabriole legs terminate in scrolled feet, a trait of many Louis XV furniture. The back feet are scrolled brackets, which were commonly found on mid-18th century storage pieces, while the elevated shaped apron is indicative of buffets from Lyon. Today this piece will make a grand statement in any interior needing a stately buffet.
CONDITION: Good antique condition. Lock does not operate, so right door has been magnetized. Left door operates via iron hook and latch. Old worming to wood. Old wood fills, and minor dings to wood commensurate to age and use.