Dating to the period of Louis XV, this elegant walnut buffet was hand-carved circa 1750 in the Southern French town of Nimes. Woodworkers in Nimes adhered to the style dictated by the period, but these talented ebenistes added their own unique designs, which were hallmarked by distinct door panel shapes and flamboyant, pierced aprons that almost touched the floor.
The lush brown color of the walnut wood was accentuated by a technique known as cire rempli, which is difficult to replicate, but when performed by a master, the wax enhancements provide a gorgeous patina. In a beautiful juxtaposition, the interior is upholstered with a red fabric, delicately embossed with subtle floral and foliate motifs in light black. The full-length shelf has a subtly shaped front, echoing the curvaceousness of the exterior. Cavetto molding on the top and asymmetrically arched doors, intricately carved with sinuous panels, continue the prevailing form. The pierced apron exhibits movement and is adorned with carvings of attenuated leaves and acanthus tendrils. Notably, the short, highly scrolled front feet give the buffet a low profile characteristic of a Nimes buffet, while the subtly curved back feet contribute to the overall flowing lines of this remarkable piece of furniture. Immerse yourself in the allure of 18th-century French craftsmanship with this stunning walnut buffet from Nimes.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with fleabites and minor rubs and some small losses to wood (see photos). Very old fills to restore previous woodworm damage. Functioning lock with key.