Hand-carved from beechwood, this large butcher block most likely was used in a French boucherie around 1880. Shaped from decades of use (also included are two antique butcher knives, one monogramed “K.B.”, that slot into a raised slot in the back), the top is comprised of large blocks arranged in a parquetry of offset rectangles. The thick frieze has been constructed with steel brackets on the corners, flanking a pair of carved roundels.
Two drawers with ogee shaped facades and brass hoop pulls can be seen beneath the frieze, accompanied by an elaborate apron consisting of a pair of angled fleurs de lys tips between curved protuberances. Both drawers are flanked by two corbels adorned with three deep flutings, resembling columns. The fluting is echoed on each of the five tapering baluster legs with onion feet (two in the back, three in the front).
After more than 100 years of use, our French beechwood butcher block has tremendous character. The dimensions and the weight of the butcher block make this a great prep station work table. The slot behind the parquetry could be used to hold a linen drapery or hand towels if the butcher block is used as a kitchen island.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with wear commensurate to age and use, such as age separations and light buildup, to both the block and the two butcher knives (included). Small loss to a drop-down finial. The top surface has been shaped over the years from the repetitive cutting and tenderizing required in butcher shops.