Originally affixed to the upper body of a buffet deux corps, this pair of oak doors has been painted in the style of a French wine menu. The doors (and the deux corps) were originally hand-carved in the mid to late 1800’s. Each door is embellished with a sprawling horizontal foliate and floral margent near the top. The iron hardware remains on both doors, including a sinuous and pierced iron keyplate and three gudgeons from pintle hinges.
The doors have two asymmetrically shaped inset panels with a richly carved center section that features a bird perched on a torch behind a quiver of arrows. A foliate margent extends in both directions from behind the crossed elements. Each door has been painted with a listing of various French wines. The right door is labeled Vins Rouges, or “red wines”, with offerings ranging from a 1.25F Belgrave to an 8F Margaux. On the left door is a menu of Vins Blancs (“white wines”), from a 1.50F Graves to an 8F Peyraguey. The Blancs door also contains the mullion, which gives this door added width. The vertical strip that separates the two doors is adorned with three floral and foliate margents, with one at the top, bottom, and middle of the added section.
Our pair of painted buffet doors can be hung on the wall of any bar or game room as a decorative object. The doors can also be utilized in a wine cellar/wine room or hung as built-in doors.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with light rubs and age separations. The painted menus were added more recently. Minor losses, including areas of the painted portions.