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Armoire, France, c.1780.

This is an 18th century walnut armoire from the south of France. The arched top, termed by the French as ‘chapeau de gendarme’, or ‘policeman’s hat’ adds a melodious charm to the lines of this substantial piece. Notice the top rail; it has two inlaid stars, with an inlaid compass star in the center. Inlay is unusual on country French pieces, but then armoires of this age tended to be unique in their features. This one-of-a-kind outcome was owing to their traditional purpose of being a gift from the father of the bride to the newlyweds. Naturally, the proud father would tend to show off his wealth or position in the design and costliness of the piece. This is why the armoire was usually the best, and most treasured, piece in a home. The inside has four shelves, two of which have drawers under them; the drawers have solid walnut fronts.

59” wide (excluding the width of the cornice molding).
21.5” deep.
93” height.

$12,000.00

Armoire, France, c.1780.

This is an 18th century walnut armoire from the south of France. The arched top, termed by the French as ‘chapeau de gendarme’, or ‘policeman’s hat’ adds a melodious charm to the lines of this substantial piece. Notice the top rail; it has two inlaid stars, with an inlaid compass star in the center. Inlay is unusual on country French pieces, but then armoires of this age tended to be unique in their features. This one-of-a-kind outcome was owing to their traditional purpose of being a gift from the father of the bride to the newlyweds. Naturally, the proud father would tend to show off his wealth or position in the design and costliness of the piece. This is why the armoire was usually the best, and most treasured, piece in a home. The inside has four shelves, two of which have drawers under them; the drawers have solid walnut fronts.

59” wide (excluding the width of the cornice molding).
21.5” deep.
93” height.

$12,000.00

Armoire, France, c.1780.

This is an 18th century walnut armoire from the south of France. The arched top, termed by the French as ‘chapeau de gendarme’, or ‘policeman’s hat’ adds a melodious charm to the lines of this substantial piece. Notice the top rail; it has two inlaid stars, with an inlaid compass star in the center. Inlay is unusual on country French pieces, but then armoires of this age tended to be unique in their features. This one-of-a-kind outcome was owing to their traditional purpose of being a gift from the father of the bride to the newlyweds. Naturally, the proud father would tend to show off his wealth or position in the design and costliness of the piece. This is why the armoire was usually the best, and most treasured, piece in a home. The inside has four shelves, two of which have drawers under them; the drawers have solid walnut fronts.

59” wide (excluding the width of the cornice molding).
21.5” deep.
93” height.

$12,000.00