Code 415-17 18th Century Walnut Wood Panetiere from France
This beautifully carved French panetiere has been made from walnut wood and dates to the 1700’s. The arched top is defined by s-scrolls and characteristic turned finials. The frieze has a central shell enclosed by two c-scrolls facing each other and oak leaf vines on either side. The beautiful little arched door has been carved with a sparse bouquet of three flowers with their leaves. The bouquet depicts a daisy, a tulip bud, and a tulip just beginning to open. The body has turned posts on three sides, allowing air to flow throughout. All this rests upon four out-turned scrolled feet .
Panetieres were originally designed to hold and dry fresh baked bread. They were often placed over a maie or petrin which was a used to store dough/grain for making the bread, and keep it out of reach from pests and possibly the reaching arms of snacking children. In the 18th century bread was extremely important (as it is today!), and only made once a week. It had to be protected and preserved.
CONDITION: Very good condition. Restorations, Minor nicks and rubs and age separations as expected
H=34 3/8, L=34 3/4, D=20