Antique and Vintage French Buffet Product Details
91H x 41W x 21.50D
This magnificent antique French Renaissance buffet in the Hunting style is so lavishly covered with carvings, it almost tells a story of the Royal Hunt! The carvings on the solid oak buffet or display cabinet are a stunning example of the Hunting style, including leafy foliage, acorns, bunches of grapes, human faces and animal faces. The Hunting style was influenced by King Francis I of France who decorated his royal hunting lodges with furniture celebrating the forest and the hunt. So the animal carvings are very typical of the style. We see what looks like a lion, wolf or fox and wild boar, but perhaps the faces will look like other wild animals to you! Standing more than 7 feet tall, the antique Hunting buffet features two glass doors with an elegant etched pattern around the glass. Picture this exceptional antique French Hunting buffet making a handsome impression in your dining room it will be a talking point for every dinner party and make your guests feel like they are in an old French castle!
Hunting <div>RENAISSANCE REVIVAL: HENRY II AND HUNTING STYLES </div><div>As the middle class rose in status and wealth with the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, more people were able to afford furniture. This flattening of society in combination with technological advancements created a surge of furniture production. Improved transportation meant a greater variety of wood was available at lower costs. For the first time, furniture became accessible and affordable to the common man. From the 1830s to the end of the 19th century, furniture makers reached back to earlier historical styles, and reinterpreted them with a great deal of creativity and experimentation. Although machines were used to increase speed and productivity, most of the carvings were still done by hand. Consumers were hungry for large, ornate and heavily carved furniture that would impress their friends and family and show off their newly found wealth. The Renaissance Revival style is marked by massive proportions and heavy, ornate carvings. Most furniture was produced in dark oak and walnut. There are actually several sub-styles that fall under the broader Renaissance Revival style and include the Henry II (Henri II) style, Hunting style, Mechelen style, and Louis XIII style.</div><div>In France, the Renaissance style is often referred to as Henry II (Henri II) style, based on the reign of Henry II (1547 1559), although it is surprising that the style was not named for his father, Francis I. Considered to be the great French Renaissance monarch, Francis I (1515 1547), a contemporary of Henry VIII in England, was a great supporter of the Arts and the Humanities. Enamored with Italian Renaissance art and architecture, he convinced Leonardo da Vinci and other great Italian artists to move to France and work at his court, decorating his many palaces and chateaux (palaces out in the country rather than in Paris) in the lush Loire Valley. He actively collected artistic works by Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian, which were the beginning of the magnificent art collection of the French kings on display today in the Louvre in Paris. Decorative hallmarks of the Henry II style include arches, pediments, columns, finials, carved flowers, fruit, scrolls and often references to Greek and Roman mythology, including male and female heads, faces or figures.</div><div>The Hunting style developed as an exotic way to decorate the royal and aristocratic hunting lodges (the chateaux of the Loire Valley). Furniture makers specialized in detailed carvings of winged griffins, lions heads, and trophies of the hunt, including deer, fish, eels, rabbits, birds, and dogs. Lush foliage in the form of leaves and berries were often carved along edges of buffets and on the backs of chairs, while the bases of tables were often carved to represent the beasts of the hunt: dogs, boars, deer, and foxes. 19th century consumers of the Renaissance Revival style were crazy for the massive, heavily carved and ornate Hunting style and many pieces also included intricate stained glass doors in the upper cabinets.</div>
Condition of this Antique and Vintage Buffet
Used - Good
Shows normal wear to the finish and miscellaneous nicks, dings, and scratches due to age and use. The shelf in the lower cabinet is in two pieces. There is wood separation on the right side due to age.
Shipping for this French Buffet
Free shipping only applies within the Contiguous 48 United States and this item will be shipped via Vanline. Furniture (over 100 pounds) is shipped via white glove delivery service, which includes bringing the item into your home and placing the item in the room of your choice on the main level of your home. This service includes light assembly and the removal of packing materials. White glove service normally takes 3 to 4 weeks, although delays may occur for more remote locations. Someone must be present to accept and sign for the delivery.