Origin : Germany or East of France
Period : 15th Century
Height : 158 cm
Width : 132 cm
Depth : 60 cm
Oak of fine quality
Missing the two drawers on the front
The medieval furniture is known to us mostly thank to illuminations stalls and stained-glass windows iconography.
Our sideborad belongs to the second period of gothic furniture, stretching from the mid 14th to the first quarter of the 16th century. During this period
Takes place a progress in the technique of carpentry. Independently carved panels are embedded in the frame, and joined by tenons and mortices.
This furniture called 'Dressoir' as we can read in wills is intended to "tighten" the objects necessary for the decoration of the table while allowing the owner to present to his guests the beautiful dishes of silver.
This rare credenza of Gothic period presents two front doors. All the panels are surrounded by pinnacles carved with different motifs. The lateral sides comprise two panels with vertical linenfold motifs ‘plis de serviettes’ and a horizontal panel identical to the one of the lower body. The buttresses on the sides rise from the molding to the top of the furniture, below the cornice, sligntly advanced.
The bottom part of the sideboard is decorated with four panels embedded in the frame
carved with linenfold motifs ‘plis de serviettes’.
The two leaves are designed from a single piece of solid wood and are held by long hinges. The hinges and locks in wrought iron are delicately worked and maintained by nails.
The two panels sculpted in the mass, combine animals including a roaring lion on stylized vegetation.
These two leaves are closed on a fixed central panel by two locks. On either side of the lock, remains a small buttress of wrought iron.