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Small Renaissance Henri II Cabinet
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Ref : 77568
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Period :
<= 16th century
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Honey coloured blond walnut
Dimensions :
l. 47.24 inch X H. 62.99 inch X P. 23.62 inch
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Galerie Gabrielle Laroche

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Small Renaissance Henri II Cabinet

This small cabinet with a recessed upper body opens with four door-leaves and secret caches in the cornice. It presents a general unity and sobriety with an ornamentation consisting only of recessed molded panels. The same principle is applied to the lateral sides with adjonctions of handles for both bodies.

During French king Henri II’s reign the rigour of composition established boundaries to lavish ornamentations. This liking for sharpness and rigour is characteristic of a style coming from Île-de-France and from the Loire Valley. There, balanced and sober classical compositions prevailed over the Italian style much favored in other parts of France.

Our cabinet can be seen as a characteristic piece from this period. The decor is limited to moldings and to the fluted Ionic pilasters dividing both upper and lower bodys’ façades, remnants of the Italian ornamental vacabulary. Indeed French art first dabbled in Italian répertoire without going further, not without showing an ability to innovate by embracing only solutions close to its nature.
The variations of proportions from the upper -smaller - body to the lower -larger- body is a clever approach operated by the cabinet-maker. Far from ruining the general balance this solution was furthermore quite prevalent during this period.

The building methods of this cabinet are remarkable by their quality of execution. Mitre-cut panels are recessed fixed within posts and so are the shelves while the frieze presents mortise and tenon joints.
This cabinet’s originality and allure resides in its architectural rigour and structure, in the elegance of the fluted Ionic pilasters and in the quality of the low-relief mouldings. Balance, grace and sobriety combine flawlessly with Classical architecture.
Perfectly executed and in an astounding condition this cabinet truly is a fine example of the 2nd French Renaissance’s production.

ORIGIN : FRANCE, ÎLE DE FRANCE or LOIRE VALLEY
PERIOD : 16th CENTURY, ca. 1560-1580

Full height : 160 cm

Upper body
Height : 78.5 cm
Length : 89 cm
Depth : 45 cm

Lower body
Height : 81.5 cm
Length : 120 cm
Depth : 60 cm

Honey coloured blond walnut
Perfect condition
Original locks and keys

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