Assembled by a French artisan from Provence during the 1900’s, this painted buffet has incorporated a pair of 18th century cabinet doors into the Louis XIV style construction. Both repurposed doors open on iron hinges to reveal a greige colored interior with a full-length shelf. The exterior has expertly been painted in polychromatic French gray green, which is a hard to duplicate color that originated in Provence.
Similar in structure to a bas d’armoire (bottom cabinet), the buffet has a thick plinth base and no drawers on the upper frieze. The top has quarter round molding that is also seen along the edges of the doors. Cavetto molding surrounds the center door panels, which are rectangular with arbalete shaped tops. The moldings of the doors, side panels, plinth, and flutings are painted in a pleasing, aged, cream colored paint.
A well-crafted and handsome Louis XIV style buffet, the Provencal menuisier did an exceptional job of meshing the antique cabinet doors with the surrounding case piece. The versatile buffet can be paired with numerous interior design styles in any kitchen or dining room.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use, with minor nicks, rubs, and age separations. The doors were originally part of an 18th century Louis XIV cabinet. During the 20th century, a Provencal artisan assembled the rest of the buffet, using the repurposed doors. The lock does not function, but a magnet has been installed to ensure that the door stays shut. There is a slight bend to the right door, which is normal for wood of this age.