This 19th Century French Renaissance bookcase is an excellent example of the hand-carved sculptural works of art that were produced by the French during the revival of the Renaissance style in the mid-1800s. Hand-crafted from select old-growth oak to last for centuries, it features a traditional bold crown molding carved with egg & dart. The crown features hand-carved leaves surrounding a scroll and quill pen. Rosettes appear on the corners directly above the pair of turned, fluted and carved columns that provide a framework for the piece. Inside are the original shelves set upon adjustable shelf supports. The doors are glazed with hand-rolled glass and framed by carved acanthus bordering, but the panels below require a close examination to be fully appreciated. Rendered by the sculptor's hand in glorious full relief, the panel on the left depicts a scroll of art, intertwined with grapevines and ribbon. On the right side, symbols of architecture have received the same attentions by the sculptor, with the two concepts indicating the primary areas of interest of the person who had the bookcase commissioned. Circa 1850s
Measures approximately 88.5" tall, 49" wide, and 13" deep.
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