18C French Provincial Cherrywood Side Table or Open Case

18C French Provincial Cherrywood Side Table or Open Case.

Presenting an EXTREMELY RARE 18C French Provincial Cherrywood Side Table or Open Case.

From circa 1790 and made of cherrywood,this beautifully proportioned side table or 3 shelf case is classic and original French Provincial artistry.

Constructed using wooden pegs giving a clear indication of it’s authenticity..

It stands on gorgeous solid cabriolet legs.

Each shelf is has a molded and scalloped edge to reflect the top.


French furniture comprises both the most sophisticated furniture made in Paris for king and court, aristocrats and rich upper bourgeoisie, on the one hand, and French provincial furniture made in the provincial cities and towns many of which, like Lyon and Liège, retained cultural identities distinct from the metropolis. There was also a conservative artisanal rural tradition of French country furniture which remained unbroken until the advent of the railroads in the mid-nineteenth century.

Furniture made in provincial centers such as Blois and Orléans in the Loire valley, and at Lyon or Liège (Not part of France politically but within its cultural orbit), followed at some distance the design innovations that were initiated in the luxury trades of Paris, often with a time lag that could amount to decades.

Features typically associated with French Provincial furniture include cabriole legs, and simple scalloped carving. Dining chairs often have a wheat pattern carving reflecting the country surroundings of the maker. The ladder back chair with a woven rush seat is the typical French Provincial dining chair. Finishes vary though common to all colours is the accumulation of polish or grime in the carving over time resulting in an aged patina and emphasis on the carving regardless of whether the furniture is painted or stained.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_furniture


It was purchased by a Scotta Godwin/Obenchain from a French Antique Auction held at the Club Room in the Stoneligh Court (Hotel), Dallas on Wednesday the 2nd April 1930. (Now The Meridian Hotel).

We have the Original Auction Catalog which has remained with the table since it was acquired at that Auction (along with other pieces in the Calvert Hall-Obenchain Collection on our Site).

The Auction was titled: ” Works of Art and Furnishings of The Chateau de Turique (Nancy) and The Conde-Rougemont Home (Touraine). The cover of the Catalog also has a seal of a Coat of Arms.

The first page of the Catalog States: “Exhibition on Wednesday, April 2nd And Following Days From 10 A.M. to 10 P.M……EXHIBITION at CLUB ROOM, STONELIGH COURT, DALLAS, TEXAS”.

The Second page gives a brief description of the Auction contents and states that ” This Exhibition will be presented by M. Fernand M. Adda of Paris France”

The Table was Lot No: 8 and was described in the Auction Catalog as:

“Provincial …. QUAINT EARLY FRENCH SHELF TABLE. Front arranged with two shelves and one drawer.” 

18C French Provincial Cherrywood Side Table or Open Case.

Provenance: From the Lida Calvert Hall/Obenchain/Godwin/McMillan Collection.

Check out our PDF on this Collection: Calvert Hall,Obenchain,McMillan,Godwin Introduction PDF

Condition: Excellent ORIGINAL condition. Some minor blemishes as one would expect for a piece of it’s age. The drawer knob is a later replacement and the drawer ‘sticks’ a little.

Dimensions: 36″ tall, 17.5″ wide and 13.25″ deep.

Price Now: $3,800

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