This stunning painted bibliotheque came from a chateau in the Lauragais region, in the southwest of France. The mainly rural region is well known for its agricultural production, hence the nickname Pays de Cocagne (“Land of Plenty”). However, the northwestern border of the region includes Toulouse, which is the fourth largest city in France and the European capital of the aerospace industry. The Canal du Midi, a French shipping channel, flows through here, connecting Toulouse to the Mediterranean. The Lauragais is an eclectic region filled with rolling hills, pastel-colored shrubs, farms, churches and industry.
Just like the region it hails from, our bibliotheque contains many sources. The lower section of this bibliotheque is a buffet enfilade, which is buffet that has more than two doors. Ours has four doors, all from the 18th century, with three locking plates that are operated by one shared key. Each door has been painted gray-green with an asymmetrically carved panel, but the overall composition remains symmetrical when viewed as a whole. Behind each of the doors, there are two unpainted shelves. The squared central section juts forward, while the side areas are recessed. The highly curved and beveled frieze of the this section is carved in arbalete, or crossbow, style.
The upper section is realized from antique polychrome gray-green boiserie panels. The backing is antique as well and has been similarly painted. There are four adjustable shelves in beveled arbalete style to match the frieze of the lower section. The front has an arch-shaped molding that rises to meet a carved traverse. This beautifully sculpted section has a central cartouche sitting on foliate rinceaux. A pair of shell motifs extend from behind the top of the cartouche and lead into foliate and floral carvings that mirror the curve of the arch. Above the traverse is a carved geometric panel that sits below the canted crown.
Perfect for storage of any kind, this fantastic French bibliotheque will be the focal point of any room.
CONDITION: Very good condition, with a few slight age separations and some old, minor repairs. All locks have their original keys. Old traces of wood worm on the back of top section. More information coming soon…