This pair of large oak boiserie elements were carved in Normandy, France, circa 1880. Boiserie is the French term for “woodwork”, but the phrase is generally used to describe wood paneling that lines the walls of French houses. These panels were initially designed to insulate rooms, but they eventually became highly decorative creations that allowed menuisiers to showcase their skills.
The two architecturals are mirror images of each other and were most likely designed to flank another component, such as a door or fireplace. Each of the main bodies is composed of a large volute scroll with foliate tendrils encircling a floret. There are three pierced sections that lead up to the slender necks, where four leaf-like ball protrusions extend on the sides. Our pair of large carved oak boserie elements stand at over seven feet tall and will make powerful statements in whichever room they are utilized.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor rubs and age separations. Light buildup as seen in photos. Two small replaced carved pieces (previously done).