Presenting an antique French studded leather coffer. The leather on this intriguing chest has taken on a wonderful rich, deep and varied patina. The piece is embellished with studs arranged in swags and traditional motifs for additional textural interest. The piece dates from the 1700's.
The presence of the desirable original stand pieces, which only very rarely survive in place with these caskets, allow for a particularly striking and appropriate presentation. These are made up of two individual pieces that may be set out, and upon which the chest can be placed upon to rest.
There is an interesting set of slightly later (but still very old) additions to the leather on the top of the case. For reasons that have been lost in time, these may have covered up the holes from a previous monogram in studs, which are sometimes located in that area. The additional color and interest this provides is quite pleasing. The chest is lined in old colorful fabric with a Flanders poppy motif.
As a decorator piece, this versatile coffer would provide instant warmth, age and texture to any setting. It would be especially wonderful combined with antique French carved oak or chestnut furniture, displayed as a unique smaller "treasure chest" in an private office or gentleman's study, or used as a sophisticated textural counterpoint to a clean modern design.
The size is substantial enough to make a statement, but compact enough to be placed on a table or sideboard allowing easy display opportunities. Measures approximately 16' high with stand or 12" high without stand, 23 1/2" wide and 14 deep.
In very good antique condition, with all the wonderful depth of character that can only come from from use and handling over hundreds of years. The two side handles are original, but the lock plate has been replaced or painted. There is a crack in the leather on one of the short sides of the chest, near the carrying handle and a few studs are missing here and there in areas that don't impact the main design elements.
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