This late 19th century bibliotheque has one of the most versatile styles of the large French antique case pieces of the 1800’s. Originally, this bibliotheque (bookcase) would have been stained a medium light brown. At some point in its history, it was stripped and bleached. The upper section has three glass paneled doors: the door on the left is a single door, while the right side has a set of double doors. Both the single and the double doors have a working lock and key. Behind the glass panes, the interior has been painted a deep contrasting black and has three adjustable shelves per side.
The lower section of the cabinet has three doors. Once again, with a single door on the left and a set of double doors on the right side, both with working locks and key. The doors open to reveal an interior with natural wood and one shelf on each side that does not adjust. This case piece can also be categorized as a French Buffet a Deux Corps or a Vaisselier.
The ornamentation on the piece is simple, yet elegant, and considered a member of the French Louis Philippe style. The crown has cyma recta molding, the sides and doors on the lower section have recessed panels, and the keyplates are shield-shaped escutcheons. There is also a pull-out platform that sits beneath the frieze of the lower section (two pulls attached).
This bleached French oak cabinet from circa 1880 would make a wonderful bookcase, dining room display cabinet, or kitchen piece in any style of home.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with age separation to wood and slight traces of old wood worm. Wear commensurate to age and use.