Antique and Vintage French Buffet Product Details
78.50H x 54W x 18.25D
The gorgeous hand-carvings on this imposing antique French Brittany buffet or server will instantly bring heaps of character to your dining room. The chestnut wood buffet or server dates to the year 1900 and it was crafted in France in traditional Brittany style with beautiful attention to detail. Notice the carved figures of a man and a woman on the lower two doors of the buffet, showing good French country folk going about their rural life. You will also admire the face peering out from the center top of the cabinet beneath a ships wheel! The ship wheels on the buffet are in honor of the maritime history of Brittany, a coastal region in northwestern France. Galleries of spindles line the two plate racks. With its two doors and two drawers, the superb antique French Brittany buffet or dresser offers lots of space to display and store dishes and serving items in your kitchen or dining room.
Brittany <div>BRITTANY STYLE</div><div>Brittany, also called Bretagne, is a French province that is geographically located at the northwestern corner of France. However, Brittany was once an independent kingdom and is still considered to be one of the six Celtic nations in the world today. The celtic language, Breton, is still spoken and many Celtic traditions still survive. Celtic art, which influenced the design of Brittany furniture, is ornate, usually avoids straight lines, and is often symbolic.</div><div> In 1839, a collection of popular Breton songs was collected by Theodore Hersart de la Villemarque and published as the Barzaz Breiz (The Ballads of Brittany). It was compiled from oral tradition and preserves traditional folk tales, legends and music. This collection created a new-found interest in the local Celtic heritage of the Brittany region and spawned a great demand for Brittany style furniture throughout France. Hallmarks of the style include very ornate carvings, often using circles and ships wheels as a nod to the importance of the sea to the local economy, and the symbolic use of men and women in traditional costume to represent piety, a strong work ethic, and the enjoyment of life. Brittany style was seen as rustic or primitive and referred back to the romantic notion of a simpler time of days long gone. Most pieces of Brittany style furniture are made from chestnut and are darkly stained.</div><div>While the hand-painted production of faience pottery has been in existence in the city of Quimper in the Brittany region since 1708, the style that is synonymous with the name Quimper features a Breton man and woman in traditional costume and was developed around 1870 in response to the craze for Brittany style furniture and decorative arts.</div>
Condition of this Antique and Vintage Buffet
Used - Good
Shows normal wear due to age and use. Some miscellaneous dark stains on top surface of bottom cabinet. Lock is missing in bottom right door. Paint speckles on back of cabinet. Minor wood separation on right side of bottom cabinet top surface. Very slight damage to top trim on both sides of cabinet.
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.