Fine Art Nouveau Carved Walnut Buffet Deux Corps c. 1900
FINELY CARVED ART NOUVEAU CABINET DEUX CORPS
With finely carved foliate of the solid, probably France c. 1900
Item # 612LMH08P
An incredible presentation work that captures the very essence of the naturalism of the period, this highly organic cabinet is crafted of gorgeous solid walnut primary woods carved ingeniously to incorporate the flowing roots and generous foliage, berries and florals that permeate and interact with the form so beautifully. Blocks of solid walnut were hewn and tediously carved into the complex structure that raises the upper shelving. Every aspect of the case is superior in quality, from the custom brass hardware that perfectly supplements the form to the crisp joining of secondary woods as panels set in grooved framing, the manner in which the top of the lower cabinet is affixed with two huge dovetails to allow shrinkage and contraction of the woods and the precise hand dovetailing of the drawers - the piece shows an orderly and precise mind. Crafted in two parts, the lower case features a pair of doors that open to reveal an interior divided by a single horizontal shelf. A pair of drawers over these doors share a central lock and slide easily in and out of the case, each crafted with the same golden oak secondaries employed throughout the cabinet; included in one drawer is a later silverware organizer, a boxed piece that easily is lifted out of not needed. The upper portion sits on the cabinet with large dowels along the back edge and balanced on the gorgeous thick root carved members that raise a glass enclosed bookcase flanked by open shelving on either side beneath a hollow bonnet top.
For anyone passionate about the Art Nouveau period, this exceptional cabinet is a most fine and interesting object.
Measurements: 99” H x 53” W x 21 1/2” D
Some surface discoloration to old finish, minor dings, shrink cracks and abrasions throughout. Curved returns inside front feet missing. Missing a small piece of molding at proper left back edge of upper section. No key. Small loss to a backboard sliver.