Central European Finely Painted Armoire Cabinet, late 19th century
A DIMINUTIVE CENTRAL EUROPEAN PAINTED ARMOIRE
Crafted using early elements; circa late 19th century
Item # 810LEU16P
The faceted angular body of this armoire works to relieve the weight of the form, overall being a rather unusual form for its diminutive overall size. It is an object that was carefully constructed such that it would not overwhelm a room. Four panels framed in red mouldings depict a horn-form vase overflowing with various flowers and decorative foliage. The faceted arch of the crest moulding is mirrored in the angular cabinet door, this opening over original wrought iron hinges to reveal a fixed-shelf interior and battens on the upper and lower portion of the door that slide on a dovetailed groove, allowing the door to expand and contract without fear of cracking. The door is decorated with two large framed panels with a full size vase and a more fully developed bouquet of flowers. The overall navy blue ground is highlighted with white-outlined scaling. Small wooden pegs lock the backboards into the edges of the case and the entire body rests over ebonized and turned bun feet. The entire cabinet was crafted at least mostly of earlier elements during the late 19th century, hence the unusual and rather attractive small size.
Measurements: 68 1/4" H x 38 3/4" W x 15 1/4" D
Composed of early 19th century elements, probably actually constructed during the late 19th century. Old worn painted surface; numerous areas inpainting, including the small patches and repairs where it attempts to match the earlier paint (top and bottom corners of the door, strip to the left of the door, the bar beneath the door, a patch on right side). Wear to paint along edge of door (by lower painted panel) and upper right beneath the crest. No key. Feet are replaced. Strip added to the backboards to heal a crack at some point. Old patches visible under paint.