Louis XIV-Period Armoire

  • This Louis XIV-period armoire boasts outstanding carving and original hardware
  • Monumental and displaying exceptional carving, it is exemplary of the French Provincial style
  • The double doors are surmounted by intricate carvings and curved molding
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Item No. 31-3401

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This Louis XIV-period French Provincial double door armoire is beautifully crafted and adorned with exceptional decoration. Both paneled doors are framed with molding and boast deeply carved fleurs de lis, and adorning each side is a carved portrait bust of an ancient Roman man and woman. All of the hardware is original, including the long brass hinges — a hallmark of French styling. Curved crown molding and intricate medallion and scrolling vines complete this monumental furnishing.

One of the most significant features of fine Provincial armoires is the locks and hinges. Because these cupboards were an essential part of the household, little expense was spared in outfitting them with the finest hardware. Long ornate hinges, elaborately scrolled lock escutcheons and even the keys with intricate scrolling designs were an integral part of the overall design of the armoire. Often, the hinges, lock and key cost more to produce than the armoire itself.

Early 18th century

71 1/2" wide x 28 3/4" deep x 119" high
Louis XIV-Period Armoire
Period: 18th Century
Origin: France
Type: Armoires/Linen Presses
Depth: 28.75 Inches
Width: 71.5 Inches
Height: 119.0 Inches
Style: Louis XIV

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