Antique French Louis XIV Walnut Confiturier Cabinet circa 1740
The elegant simplicity of this antique French Louis XIV walnut confiturier cabinet circa 1740 enables it to be the perfect piece in a contemporary interior. Originally used for the storage of meats prepared for long, cold winter months in ceramic vessels by a method called "confit" this walnut cabinet has a single cabinet door secured by an iron lock. When opened the interior storage is revealed with a centre shelf to effectively double the amount of space available. Please enlarge and zoom on the photographs to see the luscious patina of the walnut achieved by years of waxing and polishing as well as the mortise and tenon construction with visible peg work on both the cabinet door and body of the confit cabinet. One of the outstanding features of this antique cabinet is the profile of the four legs. Both the front and the back legs have a tapered shape with slanted sides that end in a slightly wider cap defined by a solid moulding. In the early eighteenth century this finished detail was common but disappeared later as it was considered too time consuming. Above the cabinet door is a full width shelf opened with the steel hardware drop pull handle. Notice that the drawer is able to be opened by anyone but the cabinet door must be opened with a key in order to control access to the contents. Both sides feature a recessed panel and the richness of walnut seen all over indicates this confit cabinet was made for and resided in a wealthier household.
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16.25" w x 33.25" d x 37.50" h
41.28cm w x 84.46cm d x 95.25cm h