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                      Gothic, Renaissance, Louis XIII, Louis XIV

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#5183A - Renaissance Cabinet with Built-In Lighting


#5183B - Renaissance Buffet Cabinet (Dessert)


#5216 - Gothic Cabinet

#5216 - Gothic Cabinet (basilisk)

#5106 - Gothic Troubadour Cabinet
#5179 - Gothic Cabinet or Armoire

#5185 - Gothic Dressoir or Cabinet


#4107 - Gothic Buffet Cabinet

#4191 Cabinet or Half-Armoire
(Homme-Debout or Bonnetièr


#9230 - Louis XIII Style Cabinet
 #9230 - Louis XIII Cabinet

#4113 - Small Renaissance Cabinet



 #1016 - renaissance-cabinet

 #1016 - Renaissance Style Two-Piece Cabinet
#1016 - Renaissance Style Two-Piece Cabinet

 #1016 - Renaissance Two-Piece Cabinet



#4157 - Renaissance Cabinet

#4159 - Italian Renaissance Sideboard or Buffet Cabinet (Credenza)


#9452 - Gothic Buffet
#9452 - Gothic Buffet

#1024 Henri II Style Buffet
#1024 Henri II Buffet  


#3307 - Italian Renaissance Cabinet (Credenza)

#1032 - Louis XIII Style Pantalonnière
 #1032 - Louis XIII


#3094A - Renaissance Cabinet in Walnut

#3094B - Renaissance Cabinet in Walnut


#3306 - Henri II Cabinet

#1036 - Louis XIII Style Confiturier
 #1036 - Louis XIII Confiturier



#9225 - 2 Matching Library Cabinets
#9225 - Library Cabinet or Display Cabinet

#9240 - Henri II Style Library Cabinet
#9240 - Henri II Library Cabinet or Display Cabinet

#4117 - Gothic Dressoir or Cabinet

#5171 - Renaissance Arabesques Cabinet



#4154A - Gothic Dressoir Cabinet

#4154B - Gothic Dressoir Cabinet



#3097 - Chivalry Cabinet in Walnut
#3097 - Renaissance Cabinet in Walnut with
Knight and Lady in Terra Cotta

#5132 - Gothic Dressoir or Cabinet



#4190 - Gothic Cabinet

#9440 - Renaissance Enfilade or Buffet Cabinet with Lions' Heads



#4185 - Gothic Cabinet

#5112A Gothic Cabinet with Guard Dogs


#5112B - Gothic Cabinet Rooster Coat-of-Arms



#4194 - Gothic Cabinet





#3100 - Gothic Style Dressoir with Fenestrage
#3100 Gothic Dressoir with
Tracery or
Fenestrage in Walnut

#1027 - Salamander Motif Two-Piece Cabinet
 #1027 - Henri II Buffet
with Salamander Motif




#3232-Gothic Cabinet with Knights
#3232 Gothic Cabinet with Knights

#4174 - Gothic Cabinet



#3091-Gothic Breton Cabinet

#3091 - Detail of top

#3091 - Detail of bottom



#3228 - Gothic Argenterie

#3228 - Detail of top



#1035 - Louis XIII Two-Piece Cabinet (18th Century)
#1035 - Louis XIII Two-Piece
Cabinet (18th Century)


#1031 - Renaissance Style Two-Piece Cabinet
#1031 - Renaissance
Two-Piece Cabinet



#9205 - Gothic Style Dressoir
 #9205 - Gothic Dressoir

#9204 - Gothic Style Dressoir
 #9204 - Gothic Dressoir



#5112C - Gothic Argenterie Cabinet

 4160-Gothic Stand
#4160 - Gothic Stand




About Cabinets

Our Château des Bois CollectionTM is rich and varied when it comes to cabinets - from small confituriers to massive, two-piece buffets dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries in styles including Gothic, Renaissance (Henri II), Louis XIII, and Louis XIV, crafted from solid walnut or oak.  We were especially fortunate to acquire the entire collection of a retired French physician and devoté of French Gothic Revival furnishings who collected 19th century interpretations of Medieval cabinets featuring Gothic tracery and intricate statuettes.

Like the armoire, the cabinet  traces its ancestry to the chest, which when turned onto its front or back panel and hoisted onto a platform became a cabinet with a lid which became a door.  Two chests mounted on top of one another in this manner formed the original bahut-deux-corps or two-piece cabinet.

The stylistic evolution of cabinets is a rich one, especially in the Middle Ages and Renaissance whose 19th century revival figures so large in the Château des Bois CollectionTM.  During the Middle Ages, cabinets served not only a storage function but also display.  They grew ever larger in size as their owners sought more surfaces upon which to display silver, ceramics and other material indicators of their wealth and status.  The need for horizontal display surfaces is directly responsible for the dressoir, a style of cabinet popularized in the Middle Ages and used throughout the Renaissance.  The dressoir is a cabinet with a central case at eye level, usually having a door on either side of a central panel.  Below the case is an open area with a pot board, a few inches above the floor, to display large items such as platters and vases.  Examples of dressoirs can be found in numerous paintings and illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, including works by Rogier van der Weyden and other Flemish masters.

In addition to a surprising number of  dressoirs surviving from the Middle Ages and now in the hands of museums or private collectors, the 19th century revival of interest in Gothic furniture led to the creation of contemporary pieces which were faithful renderings of ancient models.  Particularly striking are those employing tracery or fenestrage, to give the impression of Gothic architectural elements, and plis-de-serviette or plis-de-parchemin, the distinctive panels depicting a folded cloth or parchment.  A taller, slimmer variation of the dressoir was developed, called the argenterie, to lock up the family's valuable silver (argent) in the central case while providing horizontal display surfaces above and below.

Renaissance craftsmen developed the dressoir further, including overt architectural elements for the basic structure, such as arches and columns, along with increasing use of an enclosed space at the bottom rather than the open pot board.  But the pièce de la résistance of the Renaissance was the bahut-deux-corps - a massive undertaking of cabinet upon cabinet with the uppermost one often slightly narrower and crowned by a pediment.  A band containing one or two levels of drawers and forming the top portion of the lower bahut was common.  Although beautifully integrated, the bahut-deux-corps retained its identity as two cabinets coming apart for ease of transport.  Such pieces were often covered in hand-carved decoration incorporating such elements as lions' heads, caryatids, mythological creatures, heraldic motifs, musical instruments, vegetation and portraits of the owners.  Some even incorporated painted panels imitating Botticelli and other masters of the Italian Renaissance.   The enthusiasm for the New World and the age of exploration was reflected in a style incorporating heads with feather headdresses and exotic flora such as corn.  This is directly attributable to a sort of 16th century theme park created in Normandy by the ruling aristocracy and populated by 50 Indians from Brazil whose feather headdresses and elaborate earrings sparked a revolution in fashion and design reflected in the intricate carvings covering cabinets of the time.

Perhaps in reaction to this pervasive decoration, by the time of Louis XIII's reign in the 17th century, cabinets retained their architectural feel but ornamentation was geometric (diamond shapes) and placed a greater emphasis on the beauty and refinement of the wood itself.  Size still mattered and, as in the case of the armoire, cabinets took on huge proportions and a commanding presence.

In addition to the bahut-deux-corps, other forms of cabinets were widely used in the 19th century revival of interest in the Gothic and Renaissance styles.  For example, what we would today call a buffet or sideboard was a long, low cabinet or enfilade - taking its name from the Latin for "thread" and referring to the architectural device of stringing together a linear arrangement of interior doors.  Of a more rustic character is the confiturier or cabinet for storing fruit jams and preserves.  And for the sophisticated gentleman, there is the pantalonnière, a cabinet with doors behind which drawers emerge for laying out his array of trousers.

The 19th century in France saw a wide-ranging revival of the styles of earlier times and the adaptation of cabinets to meet regional tastes and modern uses.  Our collection of cabinets represents some of the most beautiful and functional output of these craftsmen.




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