A French buffet constructed with more than two doors is referred to as an enfilade, (“row” in English). Our bleached oak enfilade was hand-carved in the 1700’s in the Louis XIV style, most likely in the North of France.
Louis XV furniture is noted for its symmetrical carvings, which are typically done in oak. Although each of the three rectangular doors have highly shaped tops, the molding is still exceptionally balanced. The overall shape of the buffet is very linear, softened by the doors and the quarter round molding to the top. A thick skirt with several layers of molding has angular corners, which mirror the rigid sides seen on the main body and the top. There are four block feet, with the two in the front orientated at the same angle of the skirt.
Because ornamentation is minimal on our 18th century Louis XIV enfilade, the ebeniste was able to focus on the structure and functionality of the piece. When the oak was stripped years later, it only added to the subtle beauty, allowing the wood grain to gain prominence. This fantastic storage cabinet can be placed with any style of interior design. Each of the three doors open on iron hinges, revealing separate compartments with ample storage space.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor nicks and losses and light buildup to the top. Slight bend to the middle door, which is normal for wood of this age coupled with everyday use. Only the right side compartment has a shelf. The lock on the right door is functional, but the key needs to be inserted upside-down.