Antique 18th Century French Provincial Carved Walnut Panetiere Bread Storage Cabinet
'The Panetiere' is a bread safe, and is considered a highly collectible antique, representing the celebrated symbol of French country tradition, the making of the all famous bread! This piece speaks for itself.
Bread has been one of Europe's traditions for centuries, so of course, the French elevated this daily task and ritual of bread making to an art form and created beautiful cabinets to store the bread in.
This wonderful example oozes charm and authenticity. Hand made by fine 18th Century craftsman utilising fine figured solid walnut, meticulous carving, pegged mortice and tenon joints, elegant legs and finials, wrought-iron hinge/embellishments. The wood is particularly stunning.
Age: Circa 1780.
Condition is very good with expected minor checking along grain lines, surface wear, worm holes, etc.
A grand piece and a slice of French culture!
W31" x D16" x H35".
About 50 pounds.
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French, from Middle French panetiere cupboard for keeping bread, from Old French, bread sack, irregular from pan, pain bread (from Latin panis)