From Provence, France this walnut wood pannetiere dates to the 1700’s. Originally, pannetieres were used for the drying of freshly baked bread. However, with a locking door and narrowly spaced balusters, they were mostly a decorative way to keep bread safe from the reach of hungry animals, and sometimes children! They were usually hung on a wall, above the petrin, which was where the dough was kneaded. In time, these pieces were used for storing a variety of freshly baked goods or even household items. Eventually, starting in the 1800’s, they were mostly used as decorative accessories. They can be found in Brittany, Provence, Dauphine, and the Languedoc, but arguably, Provence wood workers created the the most decorative and sought after examples.
The hand carved ornamentation of this pannetiere includes beautiful baskets holding flowers on the frieze and the door. On the apron is a decorative urn with scrolling rinceau extending to either side of the frieze and apron. All this rests upon four out-turned scrolling feet, in the Louis XV style. It has been made from from French walnut and has a nice warm coloration and waxed finish.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with some minor losses to motifs and ornamentation, traces of old wood in some areas.