Early 19C French Provincial Highly Carved Oak Dining Buffet

Early 19C French Provincial Highly Carved Oak Dining Buffet.

Early 19C French Provincial Highly Carved Oak Dining Buffet

BEAUTIFUL French Provincial highly carved oak Buffet or Sideboard from circa 1840.

Highly carved pelmet with the ‘Green Man’ head as central motif.

Probably made in Northern France……in the Ardennes Region…..it has a strong Germanic or Flemish influence.


A Green Man Sculpture is a sculpture, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament, Green Men are frequently found in carvings on both secular and ecclesiastical buildings. "The Green Man" is also a popular name for English public houses and various interpretations of the name appear on inn signs, which sometimes show a full figure rather than just the head.

The Green Man motif has many variations. Found in many cultures from many ages around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities. It is primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring. Some[1][2] speculate that the mythology of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history.

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

Link: https://robertsongallery.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/who-is-the-green-man-carved-into-furniture/

Link: http://www.greenmanenigma.com/history.html


Moving to a beveled mirror with shelf and beautifully carved support columns.

2 Drawers separating top from base.....again with the 'Green Man' head as a central motif.

Base has 3 presses....2 side presses and 1 central press. Each had carved doors and they are separated by a display shelf for a center-piece.

Beautiful original patina......because we have not overly restored it and maintain its original reddish brown patina using nourishing wood oils ONLY.


PROVINCIAL FURNITURE: 'Provincial" furniture is the term used to describe pieces of furniture that were made in the more rural and rustic parts of the Country involved. Generally speaking, provincial pieces tend to be made from easily accessible local woods such as oak, ash and maple. Designs tended to be simpler in form than pieces made in the major cities. The major cities had greater access to more exotic imported woods and designs tended to be more more intricate and inspired by the prevailing global trends.Wealth also had a large part to play in most provincial pieces. Clearly, the wealthy people of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries wanted ONLY THE BEST AVAILABLE.............and would buy their furniture from high-end city retailers or manufacturers and often had then specifically made for them on commission. Ordinary folk could not afford this but would instead rely upon local cabinet makers for their furniture needs.


Early 19C French Provincial Highly Carved Oak Dining Buffet.

Provenance: Bought from a reputable dealer in Ireland.

Dimensions: 81' Tall, 61" wide and 22" deep

Price: $6,450.00. Sale Price Now: $5,400.00

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