Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French
Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French
Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French
Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French
Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French
Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French
Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French
Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French
Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French
Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French

Antique 19th c. French Salt Box, Cabinet, 17 5/8" Tall, Hand Carved Country French

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Country French darling! This is a mid-late 1800s "reproduction" of the salt boxes of the 1700s. I've owned and sold several of the early ones. A lot of dealers try to sell these later carved French salt cabinets as c.1700s, not correctly identifying the age. They're still antiques, mind you, but the price for these 19th century ones are quite a bit lower, as is value. I just looked at a 1900s salt box on ebay yesterday that is offered as a 1700s one and priced double what it's value is. Still, less than a 1700s one, but double what it should be. Makes me worry about the customer! We know antiques, and we don't pass-off later goods for earlier museum pieces. That said, this is a charming old one with both the lidded compartment for a bag of salt, and the drawer below. The brass knob is a lovely feature. Why a salt box? You know that before refrigeration, a relatively modern invention, meats and fish were cured for longer storage by salting them and drying the meat. Salt was a staple in society, and has such an interesting history. But I digress (I'm prone to telling the stories, aren't I). The Country French decor just begs to have a salt box/cabinet in the kitchen, either standing or hung on a wall. This will be a perfect one for someone. These are difficult to find, also. There are 20th century "fakes" on the market, too, and I suppose they'll eventually be antiques. I found this one and another slightly older from an estate in France. I'll be listing the other one pictured with this one in that final photo today, also. They're offered separately.

Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The cabinet is mid-sized and charming at just under 18" tall. Full measurements are noted on the photos for your review. The door panel in front slides up and out. There are chips to the corners of the drawer and some chipping to the shaped cabriole style legs. Some worm or bug holes evident, visible in the images, but nothing active. Just in from France and they go through a rigorous customs process to ensure that no insect activity is apparent. I'd date it to c.1850-1900. See pictures for all measurements.