This absolutely stunning bookcase was constructed from a period French door surround, circa 1715. The frontage, crown, and sides are original and were delicately carved out of French oak. The large door surround would have been a part of a boiserie (wooden paneled room) that had a wide entrance somewhere into the room. Today, a backing, floor, rear sides, and shelves have been added to create a gorgeous 10.5 foot tall open faced bookcase. The side panels and lower board are in Oak, while the shelves and backings are done in Poplar.
During the Regence period, elegance and refinement became important in design both architecturally as well as in furniture design. Asymmetry began to appear in motifs and ornamentation but still retained symmetry in composition. This piece has motifs of the period which have been beautifully represented in finely hand-carved detail. At the top center are hand-carved motifs of love birds within a floral and foliate scrolled cartouche. To either side are scrolling floral vines within c-scrolled and shaped panels. The shaped bottom molding has a gadrooned leaf motif . The asymmetrical side panels feature shells, intricately carved floral and foliate ornamentation at the top, center and bottom of the panels.
The bookcase has 7 display surfaces and 6 adjustable shelves. This large and incredibly unique French Regence bibliotheque which will make a grand statement in any room its placed. The bookcase comes apart for transport.
Crown Width=107 1/2. Crown Depth=19 3/4
Body Width=102. Body Depth=16 1/4
Horizontal Opening (Sight)=73 3/8
CONDITION: Good antique condition with previous restorations, age separations, rubs, nicks and scratches. Waxed finish to exterior boards, but not shelves or backing. Bookcase is joined by dowels in the antique sections, threaded bolts on the bottom interior, and screws in the back.