This extraordinary, tall single-door armoire or bonnetière made from beautifully carved walnut dates from the eighteenth century, France. Note the lovely arched top and artisan-carved details throughout the walnut frame. The single door opens to reveal five fabric-lined removable shelves inside. Notice the curious details on the inside of the door. A depiction of a man with a name beneath exists on the upper left-hand side near the hinges, and large script writing in takes center stage on the the upper middle portion of the door's interior.
A truly spectacular and one-of-a kind piece that will bring warmth and French character to any space while serving practical purposes. This piece can be used to store linens, silver, or clothes and toys in a child's room to keep special items from accumulating dust. This would also make an interesting piece fitted for refrigeration or for wine storage. Aside from the fabric lining the shelves, all pieces are original, including the key. Key functions and is included. The piece has a lovely warm and shiny wax finish. Note wormwood holes which are normal for pieces of this age.
History of bonnetière :
This armoire is evocative of a bonnetière storage piece. French bonnetière were originally designed to store the elaborate, high bonnets worn by ladies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 87" high x 40¼" wide x 23¾" deep
Approx. overall 221cm high x 102cm wide x 60cm deep