Armoires in stock
Listed below are some of the armoires we currently have
on offer; click on the armoire you're interested in to see
a larger photo and description of it (including price).
Armoires really are the flagships of French regional furniture.
One can often tell the age and town of manufacture just
from a few square inches of wood. Louis Philippe pieces
(c.1830-50) are simple, elegant, beautifully made and restored
and well suit Georgian, Victorian and modern homes. The
fin de siecle Louis XV beasts are nothing if not flamboyantly
French. Original Louis XV pieces (c.1740-1780) as well as
regional armoires range from fine to rustic and are rather
magical. Pieces made before say 1830 tend to be in chestnut,
cherry or oak. Other timbers were either unavailable or
have rotted away. There is quite a lot of 19thC walnut but
little mahogany. Cherry is the warmest timber and has the
most immediate appeal. People often seem to get into the
historical/regional aspects of the furniture and get increasingly
into the 'hardcore' chestnut peasant side of things. Several
of our customers tell me that to wake up facing an 1780s'
marriage armoire, with its folksy carved birds, garlands
etc, is to start the day happy. Or something.