Previously serving as a shop counter in a French clothing boutique, this long oak counter was hand-carved circa 1900. Measuring over 10 feet long, the wood has been cerused, which is a centuries-old finishing technique that adds white striations to the wood, allowing the grains to gain added importance.
The front of the counter is comprised of five slightly recessed panels separated by pilasters adorned with volute leaf capitals and tas de sable columns. Beneath is a thick apron, flush to the floor, that is mirrored by the sunken frieze beneath the countertop. The back side consists of seven columns of compartments, each with five drawers (the entire far right column and the bottom two drawers of the next column over have been removed). Each drawer has foliate metal handles and most have been lined with colorful paper (see detailed photo). Some of the drawers have retained the printable labels on the facing that indicate the counter was once installed in a clothing store that sold boxer shorts and pants. Our long oak shop counter can be used in today’s homes as a countertop for a wine cellar. Of course, the backside of the counter could be re-worked to allow use a long and unique bar.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor age separations and nicks. Seven drawers are missing on the right-hand side of the counter. The counter has been cerused more recently, which has added light white accents to the wood. A small hole has been carved into the center drawer and has not been filled.