Luxury Design, Past & Present
Fine Provincial Louis XV Period Walnut Armoire-This fine armoire made in the French country side, circa 1750 is of simple but well proportioned form. The country armoire and the wardrobe as a whole reached its design apogee during the reign of Louis XV. The large scale and block proportion allowed carvers ,cabinet makers & designers to create pieces that showed the full range of the periods curvelinear expression on a space confined by the borders of the piece. The wood selection is good and the color is deep and consistent. Constructed in the time honored pegged method creating a strong yet flexible joint . The deep panel construction of the doors allows for a strong visual play in the shaped cartouche panels. Note the transverse placement of the wood grain from the upper and lower panels to the middle panel creating a subtle but obvious play of wood. The lock plates, hinges, and finish are all original. The piece comes with a working lock and key. Fitted with shelving that is easy to remove the wardrobe can be used as storage for bed or table linen, sweaters, cloths or can still contain TV's etc. Of interest is a label from a fine Philadelphia firm that for years represented fine English and French furniture but is now closed as the owner has retired. Interior depth 20.5"