A buffet de chasse is a highly functional piece of furniture that was often used at 17th and 18th century French hunting lodges to present game before a feast. Our French oak buffet de chasse was hand-carved circa 1900 and features a beautiful rouge du Languedoc marble top with cream and gray veining. Freshly felled game would have been displayed on the one and a quarter inch thick top with recessed quarter round molding.
The marble is supported by a wood body that has been recently bleached, leaving the oak in a pleasing and versatile color. A pair of asymmetrically shaped doors with arched tops and quarter round molding opens on iron hinges to reveal a full-length shelf capable of holding linens and serving pieces. The doors are “double evolution”, meaning the rectangular panels beside the doors are also hinged, allowing full access to the interior. Above each second evolution (bordering an unadorned spandrel) is a small drawer that would have been used to store cutlery. The sides have been carved with recessed rectangular panels and the base has a thick molding, providing the buffet with a low profile.
Our antique French oak buffet de chasse can be placed in a dining room to store items that do not see daily use, such as linens and formal serving pieces. It could also be used in a bar area or game room, serving as a unique serving counter.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor age separations to the oak, which has recently been stripped, leaving some slight traces of the original finish. Light scratches to the marble, commensurate with age and use. Functional lock with key.