Originally carved in Rennes, France, circa 1720, these avian and foliate-themed doors would have graced the front of a period Regence cherry wood armoire. Both doors have been carved with three panels surrounded by thick molding. Several applications of French wax have accentuated the pleasing reddish-brown color of the wood.
The center panel, which is roughly square, has an interior barbed molding that encompasses a fantastical bird with wings displayed surrounded by C-scroll-shaped foliage. On the outside of each barbed area is a foliate margent, with a single leaf angled towards the corner of the panel. The top and bottom panels both have a scalloped shell with foliate tendrils at the bottom and two birds at the top (animals and shells were common motifs of Regence furniture). On the bottom panels, an en chapeau molding fills the space between the birds and the shell, while the top panel is comprised of cintre, which is a highly sinuous molding topped by a palmette that rises between the birds. Today, these wonderful armoire doors from the 18th century could be used in the kitchen as built-in cabinet or cupboard panels. They could also be hung as unique decorative wall sculpture.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with minor age separations, losses and traces of old woodworm. Evidence of old fills and repairs that are well done. Please see photos.