19th Century French Chestnut Garde Manger or Food Cabinet from Normandy

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$1,960.00

19th Century French Chestnut Garde Manger or Food Cabinet from Normandy

SKU: 422-92 Category: Tag:

$1,960.00

Description

Known as a garde manger, this chestnut food cabinet was hand-carved in the 1800’s in Normandy. Although the term now refers to restaurant prep stations, the French “garde manger” has been the term used for hundreds of years to describe a small pantry used in kitchens to store prepared food (a loose translation is “keep to eat”).

The original wood finish has been stripped, allowing the carvings and craftmanship to become prominent features. Beneath the overhanging crown with lightly fluted cavetto molding is a shallowly carved cartouche: a floret medallion inside a circle and flanked by two shaped fields filled with lozenge diaper. Similar lozenge-filled areas can be seen on the slatted shelf at the bottom of the cabinet, although they are orientated vertically instead of horizontally. The shelf has identical arbalete moldings embellished with a fluted ribbon border at the top and bottom of the opening.

Just above the shelf is a drawer with fluting around the edges. In the center is a foliate and floral rinceau surrounding a bronze drop handle. The two flowers are each festooned with a bronze roundel in the middle of the petals. There is a rectilinear door in between the drawer and the cartouche beneath the crown. The door, which opens to reveal a full-length shelf, has been carved with a heraldic display featuring a paschal lamb charge with a flag beneath an open five-point crown.

A fantastic example of 19th century French craftmanship, our chestnut garde manger can be used as a supplement to a larger pantry, for items that do not require refrigeration, such as canned goods and grains. It could also be used in a bar or game room to store bottles of wine and food for entertainment.

CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor nicks and losses, commensurate to age and use. Light age separations and traces of old wood worm. The wood has been stripped, leaving slight traces of the original finish in some areas and visible fills.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

France

Age

1800's

Dimensions

H - 55 5/8, W - 26 7/8, D - 21 1/2

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Description

Known as a garde manger, this chestnut food cabinet was hand-carved in the 1800’s in Normandy. Although the term now refers to restaurant prep stations, the French “garde manger” has been the term used for hundreds of years to describe a small pantry used in kitchens to store prepared food (a loose translation is “keep to eat”).

The original wood finish has been stripped, allowing the carvings and craftmanship to become prominent features. Beneath the overhanging crown with lightly fluted cavetto molding is a shallowly carved cartouche: a floret medallion inside a circle and flanked by two shaped fields filled with lozenge diaper. Similar lozenge-filled areas can be seen on the slatted shelf at the bottom of the cabinet, although they are orientated vertically instead of horizontally. The shelf has identical arbalete moldings embellished with a fluted ribbon border at the top and bottom of the opening.

Just above the shelf is a drawer with fluting around the edges. In the center is a foliate and floral rinceau surrounding a bronze drop handle. The two flowers are each festooned with a bronze roundel in the middle of the petals. There is a rectilinear door in between the drawer and the cartouche beneath the crown. The door, which opens to reveal a full-length shelf, has been carved with a heraldic display featuring a paschal lamb charge with a flag beneath an open five-point crown.

A fantastic example of 19th century French craftmanship, our chestnut garde manger can be used as a supplement to a larger pantry, for items that do not require refrigeration, such as canned goods and grains. It could also be used in a bar or game room to store bottles of wine and food for entertainment.

CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor nicks and losses, commensurate to age and use. Light age separations and traces of old wood worm. The wood has been stripped, leaving slight traces of the original finish in some areas and visible fills.

INFORMATION
Country Of Origin

France

Age

1800's

Dimensions

H - 55 5/8, W - 26 7/8, D - 21 1/2

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