Antique French Carved Bonnetiere Armoire Cabinet Brittany Breton Ship Spindle
Antique French Carved Bonnetiere Armoire Cabinet Brittany Breton Ship Spindle.
Direct from France, a lovely antique French armoire or “bonnetiere” cabinet, with gorgeous hand carvings throughout. The slender, smaller size makes a “bonnetiere” highly sought after for today’s home, as they can easily be placed in a variety of locations. Of course, the term “bonnetiere” comes from these early 18th and 19th century cabinets that were used for the elaborate ladies’ bonnets and linens.
NOTE: The style and design are true to the Celtic roots of the Brittany region of France, which was heavily dependent on fishing and maritime, so the hand carvings are noted for spindled ship’s wheels and symbolic use of men and women in traditional Celtic dress to represent their strong work ethic, piety, and the enjoyment of life.
All these Breton carved features are present in this cabinet! A band of open “ships wheel” spindle above and below the upper door panel, which features a carved scene depicting a man in period dress, seated on a stone, playing a musical instrument, with spindle arches in each corner.
The lower panel features a beautiful, intricate Celtic cross design of spindles, with carved scalloped lower apron and feet.
Traditionally antique furniture from this region had a dark finish and was frequently carved from oak or chestnut wood. Well built by craftsmen of the period, c1890.
Measurements: 81”ht. to top of trim x 32” x 17”. Height to top of cabinet is 75” (top trim is removable).
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Condition: This cabinet is in good condition for its age, with normal signs of age, use, dings, scratches, imperfections. Adjustable shelves; replacement lock; upper door panel repair. Included multiple photos should be considered as an integral part of the description.
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