This 19th century, walnut wood buffet enfilade comes from the Tuscany region of Italy. Tuscany is regarded as being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has had a large influence on cultural aesthetics for several centuries. Italian credenzas of this type first appeared around 400 years ago, during a period where the ornamentation was uncomplicated:
“Many of the seventeenth century Baroque credenze were exceedingly simple and direct in their design. The breaking of the plinth and the cornice around the bases and capitals of pilasters, when they occur, is rather typical of Baroque manner, although the practice is not confined to the Baroque age, as instances of it can be found much earlier.” “Another minor difference in contour often shewn by credenze of the Baroque period and the following transitional era is to be seen in the canted corners of the example in Plate 37b. Occasionally the corners instead of being canted were curved so as to form quadrants on the plan, these quadrants being either convex or concave and re-entrant. Many of the credenze (Baroque) remained of the same length as formerly, but there was a noticeable tendency in many quarters to decrease the length and somewhat increase the height in proportion to the length.” The Practical Book of Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese Furniture. Harold Donaldson Eberlein. Roger Wearne Ramsdell. Philadelphia & London. J.B. Lippincott Company. 1927
Our enfilade or credenza, has two sets of double doors that sit underneath a pair of pull-out drawers that are 32 inches wide. The right side of each double doors has a working lock, while the left side has interior latches on the top and bottom of the doors. Behind the double doors are two fixed shelves that run the entire length of the enfilade. The doors and the drawers both have nice brass pulls for opening and a rectangular panel with raised molding that runs between them.
The molded panel is repeated throughout the enfilade, specifically on the same line as the drawers. The molding on the doors and the panels on that same eye level have canted corners, which offer a nice contrast to the relatively straight-lined enfilade. Similarly, the shaped top is relatively rectilinear apart from a curved section on each side and a subtle bevel to the edges. This shape extends all the way down to the step molding at the base. Beneath the molding of all four doors is a scrolled volute carving which adds visual interest to the piece.
At just over 45 inches high, this simple, yet refined walnut wood four door enfilade from Italy will make an elegant statement in any home.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with expected wear commensurate to age. Minor rubs and nicks and traces of old wood worm. One latch on a door is missing, but the door will still lock. The piece was designed to come apart into 3 sections, but we’ve secured it, and found it easier to move as one unit with straps and dollies.