A rare find in today’s day and age, this walnut buffet with original pierre de st cyr stone top is in exceptional condition. Hand-carved circa 1715 in Lyon, France, this wonderful buffet has a deep, rich brown patina, offset by a black marble with gray and white inclusions and a beautiful bec de corbin (crow’s beak) molding. The 1 ¾ inch thick top would have been used to display and serve fresh game in a grand chateau during the 18th century. The underside of the stone features rough-cut saw marks, adding to the appeal of the buffet.
Each of the three rectangular doors (making it an enfilade buffet) is comprised of asymmetrical panels with luscious cyma molding and spandrels of shapely foliage. The entire set of doors is flanked by a pair of large, attenuated leaves that are aligned with the rounded corners of the top. All three doors have distinct carvings, as do the two vertical mullions that separate the doors. The doors open on thick iron hinges, revealing a single compartment on the right that is separate from the left side that is fronted by double doors. Both compartments feature a single shelf beneath belt drawers (three in total) that are hidden when the doors are shut. The enfilade terminates at floor level in a thick plinth with a cavetto cornice, providing stability for the robust piece. Our Lyonnaise enfilade buffet would make a fantastic statement piece in a dining room, grand foyer, or office.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with commensurate losses and scratches to the 300+-year-old marble. Minor nicks and rubs to the wood with some very light traces of old woodworm damage. Traces of some old restoration work that are well done. Two functional locks, both with their own key.