This is a beautiful antique solid oak French hunt cabinet. This beautiful piece demonstrates the best of age old craftsmanship, with its intense and robust array of carved animals and foliage. The figures are done in high relief, and extend from the piece in almost total three dimensional form. Lions, pheasants and plants make up the very dynamic character of the piece, which seem to come alive in this monumental cabinet. The drawer handles are carved of oak and form two interlocking branches that extend from the drawer faces. Common of pieces of this age and provenance, the theme of the hunt comes alive in this spectacular two piece cabinet.
This period piece has a few signs of age. There is a light wear and ring to the surface between the two pieces on the top surface. There are a few places where the molding appears to have been mended. One piece of glass in the cabinet appears to be original hand blown, while the other seems more modern. There are a few blemishes to the shelves. Please see photos. Despite these small flaws, this cabinet is truly awe-inspiring and would make a fantastic statement piece in any historic home. The shelves would be beautiful decorated with old books, but could alternatively be used for china or mementos.