Antique French Carved Chestnut Bonnetiere Armoire Cabinet Brittany Breton
19th century French Carved Wood Bonnetiere Armoire Cabinet Brittany Breton.
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. 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 of these Breton carved features are present in this cabinet! Note the scene depicted on the center door panel, with a lady kneeling in prayer and a gentleman with his hat removed, perhaps mourning the loss of a loved one in front of the Celtic Cross, with the sea in the background. Other points of note here, the open spindle banding across the crown, with dual rows of spindles on the door above the open carved spindle ship’s wheel. Heavily carved banding to the upper and lower moulding as well as the front of the lower drawer. Carved bun feet to the front. Traditionally antique furniture from this region had a very dark finish and was frequently carved from oak or chestnut wood.
Solid, heavy and strong, well built by craftsmen of the period, c1890.
Measurements: 67”ht. x 29.5” x 18.5”. Three adjustable shelves, 22.75” x 13.25”.
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Condition: Good condition for its age, normal signs of age, use, dings, scratches, imperfections, wood panel shrinkage. Key included, but old locks are not guaranteed. Included multiple photos should be considered as an integral part of the description.
Shipping: Due to the larger size, this item requires freight service. White glove service, fully insured, FOB Shreveport, delivered and placed inside your home (first floor only). Typically, 5-7 weeks, depending on your location. Free pick-up is also available at our location in Shreveport, LA.
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