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Antique French Louis XIII Style Walnut Armoire Cabinet circa 1800

The bold and handsome symmetry of this antique French Louis XIII style armoire cabinet from France circa 1800 was a prized attribute both in architecture and furniture created during the reign of Louis XIII in France (1610-1643) and is fully visible on this piece. The four doors each feature a raised pattern of applied elements that form a powerful geometric impression as they are framed within an exceptionally deep moulded edge. The pair of upper doors are separated by a pair of drawers in the centre from the pair of doors placed in the lower section of the cabinet. The drawers also possess the same deep moulded edge as the doors and are centered on a the ring pull hardware. The cabinet stands are a pair of fully finished melon ball feet at the front while the back legs are simple rectangles that are vertical shafts of timber that provide structural support. In the seventeenth century the only source of interior light came from a blazing fire and lighted candles so the back of a cabinet placed against a wall could hardly be seen so resources were not expended to repeat the same effect as on the front of a piece. Interestingly the sides of the cabinet are defined by deeply etched geometric patterns which complement the raised front. As the cabinet has been repeatedly waxed and polished over the past two centuries the depth of the patina of the walnut and its rich gleam is mesmerizing.

# VLA202

DIMENSIONS

65.00" w x 23.00" d x 89.50" h

165.10cm w x 58.42cm d x 227.33cm h

$13,892.00

The bold and handsome symmetry of this antique French cabinet were prized attributes both in architecture and furniture created during the reign of Louis XIII in France (1610-1643) and are fully visible on this piece from a later time. The four doors each feature a raised pattern of applied elements that form a powerful geometric impression as they are framed within an exceptionally deep moulded edge. The pair of upper doors are separated by a pair of drawers in the centre from the pair of doors placed in the lower section of the cabinet. The drawers also possess the same deep moulded edge as the doors and are centered on a the ring pull hardware. The cabinet stands are a pair of fully finished melon ball feet at the front while the back legs are simple rectangles that are vertical shafts of timber that provide structural support. In the seventeenth century the only source of interior light came from a blazing fire and lighted candles so the back of a cabinet placed against a wall could hardly be seen so resources were not expended to repeat the same effect as on the front of a piece. Interestingly the sides of the cabinet are defined by deeply etched geometric patterns which complement the raised front. As the cabinet has been repeatedly waxed and polished over the past two centuries the depth of the patina of the walnut and its rich gleam is mesmerizing.