A very solid and heavy cabinet, it dates from 1870-1880. It originates from the south of France.
It is an endearing piece, of solid oak, with a wide body and an enchanting central mirror. The top has a very wide, staggered crown molding. There are two "columns" on either side of the door, with a carved design of flutes and leaves. The door has two carved corners above the mirror featuring flowers and leaves. The mirror is set into a framed molding. It has a wide (3/4") bevel and reflects beautifully. The two front feet are typical of larger pieces, turned in a round fashion in two tones. The back two feet are plain as is also typical of larger pieces. There is a working lock and key. There is one shelf in the interior. There are two hooks on the back for hanging.
It survives in very good antique condition. The left side has had an old repair (see photo) to the flat wooden panel but this is well done on noticeable only if you are looking for it. There are the normal separations at the back feet with old repair an a lengthwise separation on the left side panel as is typical with age. The door has been reinforced with an extra back panel. The corners of the molding have slight chipping as is typical with age and use. It measures:16 1/2" tall, 5 1/2" deep, 12 1/2" wide at bottom molding, 13 1/4" wide at crown molding, it measures 4 7/8" deep, 6 3/4" from the top of the cabinet to the top of the shelf, 6 1/2" from the shelf bottom to bottom of inside case. The mirror measures: 9 1/8" x 5 1/8".
It is one of the most lovely cabinets of it's type that we have found. It has typical Provencal styling of the period and is a heavy, sturdy piece.
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