Antique and Vintage Belgian Buffet Product Details
91H x 46.50W x 19.50D
This exceptional antique buffet in the Flemish Mechelen Renaissance style features ornate carving on the oak wood and beautiful stained glass doors on the upper cabinet. Dating to 1890, the oak buffet or server from Belgium boasts superbly intricate carvings, and the design is typical of the Mechelen Renaissance style. The buffet is made with a wooden peg construction and the hand-carvings on both the upper and lower cabinets of this buffet include geometric designs and floral motifs. Stained glass doors on the top hutch feature a decorative geometric design. The oak wood has aged to a mellow patina, as you would expect from an antique that is over a century old. The antique Mechelen buffet will look stunning as the focal point in your Traditional or Renaissance style dining room. It is sure to be a talking point when you entertain. The antique Mechelen buffet is 91 inches high and nearly 4 feet wide.
Mechelen <div>RENAISSANCE REVIVAL: MECHELEN STYLE</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>The city of Mechelen, Belgium, just north of Brussels, was the capital of the Low Countries, roughly the geographic area today consisting of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, in the first half of the 16th century. The city was quite wealthy due to the highly lucrative cloth trade. However, in 1572 the city was sacked and burned and political influence was lost as the capital was moved to Brussels. The city was eventually rebuilt and it was at this time at the end of the 16th century that the tradition of furniture production in Mechelen began. The prevailing style, which is known as the Mechelen (or Mechels) style, was heavily carved with stylized foliage including leaves, berries and fruit, and typically shows carved lions heads. Mechelen style was the Belgian interpretation of the French Henry II and Hunting styles.</div><div>Mechelen played a prominent role in Belgium during the Industrial Age in the 19th century. The first railroad system on the European continent linked Mechelen to Brussels, making Mechelen the hub of the Belgian railway network. Due to the ease of transportation, a great demand for the heavily carved furniture, often with ornate stained glass doors, spread among 19th century consumers.</div>
Condition of this Antique and Vintage Buffet
Used - Good
Upper cabinet leans forward slightly. No shelves available. Only upper lion heads have brass rings.
Availability for this Belgian Buffet
Available for Immediate Shipment
Shipping for this Belgian 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.