A unique kitchen piece with two drawers and two lift doors beneath a 75 ½” W x 23 ½” D chopping surface, this double butcher block was produced during the 1920’s by the Parisian company, Vignal & Bodmer. Active in Paris during the early 20th century, Vignal & Bodmer was a production company that specialized in butcher shop installations. One of the shops erected by Vignal & Bodmer has since become a monument historique, located at 4 Rue Mahler, in the center of Paris (4th arrondissement).
Wonderfully constructed with stainless steel brackets and thick, hand-carved pieces of wood, the large chopping surface has undulations from a century of use. A one inch thick molding that is flush with the top surrounds the cutting area. Rising in the back is a 12” tall backsplash with an angled center arch that extends another two inches. In between this and the top are two 12” wide slots for holding cutting utensils. Additionally, there are two raised steel protuberances in front of these for laying down knives when not in use.
There are three concave cast iron pilasters running along the front of the butcher block. The pilasters are adorned with Art Deco floral margents and stamped “Depose VB” near the top. In between the columns are two sloped drawers above two lift doors with recessed rectangular panels and chamfered edges. All four compartments have iron handles, with the handles on the drawers reading “Vignal Bodmer”.
Full of character from repetitive cutting and tenderizing of meat, our large Parisian butcher block can be used as a carving or presentation station. With generous storage space underneath and a light coloration, this superb French butcher block will be the focal point in any kitchen.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor age separations, losses, and traces of old wood worm. Cavitations and nicks to the chopping surface, commensurate to use. Restoration/fill to back corner sections of the chopping surface. Light verdigris and buildup to the cast iron pilasters. Please see photos for details.