This is a handsome example of a bed typical to Brittany, France. The large counterparts of this small piece have it's same design, with tall "feet" and doors that close, giving an armoire effect to the piece. It comes from Brittany, France and dates from 1890-1900.
It is a beautiful Breton lit clos made of fine walnut. The doors are ornamented by elaborate ship's wheels and turned balusters with incised stars and circles. The top panel repeats the design with turned balusters and a wide cornice top. The side panels are ornamented with two large diamond-shaped motifs, which create an incised pattern in the wood. Just under the top row of balusters is a carved molding of "saw's teeth". The bottom of the piece has fancy curved front legs with a curved front skirt. There are a total of 4 doors, with two sliding to the outsides. The legs are ornamented with incised stars. The back panel has been left plain as is typical of furniture from this area and period. There is a metal hook on the back for hanging.
The lit clos measures: 14" tall, and 12 1/2 " wide. The opening (with the two doors slid to the side) is 6" across and 5 1/2" deep. The inside/top panel board measures 6" deep.
It would make an interesting doll accessory, or would be charming on a dressing table to hold jewelry or keepsakes.
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