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Bookcase and display cabinet in walnut with refined hand carvings by François Claude Menant (1757-1793) France, Louis XVI period (and Restoration). Menant was accepted as a member of the guild of master craftsmen, circa 1780. This elegant French bibliotheque dates to the latter half of the 18th. The cabinet is full of decorative highlights that are well placed. The overall form is rectilinear and restrained, with vertical and horizontal fluting decorated with lots of refined floral hand carvings including laurel reefs with ribbons, a flower basket and ivy. The quality and finesse of the carvings is top notch. The upper part of the bookcase has it's original glass doors edged with wooden beading and two small drawers below, while the lower part is made up of two doors with a pull out shelve above. The “pull out shelf “ is designed as a writing platform or desk. Each part has half shelves making it possible to transform the library into a showcase to add objects between the books. The piece comes apart in two sections for transport, yet it is very solid. Two original keys operate the locks.
Creator: François-Claude Menant(Cabinetmaker)
Dimensions: Height: 94.89 in. (241 cm), Width: 55.52 in. (141 cm), Depth: 23.63 in. (60 cm)
Style: Louis XIV (Of the Period)
Materials and Techniques: Walnut
Place of Origin: France
Date of Manufacture: circa 1780
Condition: ExcellentWear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Wear consistent with age and use. Very good antique condition with minor wear with only very old restoration visible around the key hole of the glass door noticeable.