This unique French butcher block was built in a convenient size and has an inset cutting surface consisting of 64 wood cubes that are joined together. The cutting block sits inside a table with an arbalete apron and fluted tapered legs. There is a 12-inch-wide drawer with a metal pull on the front apron. Metal brackets are screwed into joineries for support.
A large shaped backplate is affixed to the back of the table via iron straps and screws, and the shoulders of the backplate are inward facing S-scrolls adorned with wooden nailheads. In between the S-scrolls is an 18-inch-wide slotted knife holder with capped ends like the ones used on the table joints. The top of the backplate has an arched crest with a metal plate proclaiming “Concours Agricole Pontivy 1950 Prix D’Honneur”, which is an honorary award that was given at the 1950 Pontivy Agricultural Competition. Pontivy is a largely agricultural commune in northwestern France.
The backplate and the table have a whitened finish, which was achieved using a special lime wax. The cutting surface has a warm golden hue thanks to regular light waxing and cleaning. The cutting surface is in very good condition as typically, older butcher blocks would have a warped surface from the repeated chopping and cutting. The entire piece has been given a unique lime wax finish that highlights the patterns of the wood grains. A small and decorative piece such as this will add the perfect utilitarian charm to any kitchen.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use, with minor rubs and age separations. Some of the feet have been repaired.