What I believe was once a French etagere for a sculpture or perhaps even for a clock, or ? lives on as a beautiful little piece of furniture all on its own. I found this many years ago and have used it for a rotation of displays of antiques that have come and gone. I love this thing. It's beautifully carved old walnut, the original finish, nor a chip on it. The lines of it make it appealing all on its own, but when you start to add a grouping of various sizes of antique bronze figures, as example (picture it), or your favorite opaline treasures, or a grouping of portrait miniatures in easel frames, or your perfume bottles - it will unite and elevate all, and I'm not speaking only metaphorically. I was tempted to oil it ahead of photos but wanted you to be able to see the few very minor surface imperfections. It has 150+ years, and it hasn't a chip. What will you display? I kind of love the idea of it at the foot of a Bru doll's bed with an antique Aubusson cushion in that center rectangle - a slipper bench.
Very good to excellent for age and type. It has a flaw you won't see easily. When I received it in a shipment from France, the entire back side had come apart from the rest of the etagere along the seam. Odd. Trying to fit it together to glue and clamp, it really didn't fit snug enough to not see a line of light. I've shown the ends from the top and if you look, you can see that the width of the 'seam' on the visual 'top' end is wider. It remains so, but it's been in use now for 20 years that way, solid as a rock, heavy old wood. And no one ever even notices. You won't either, but I'm mentioning it. I'll regret selling this one! It is 16" long plus the added cabriole legs, so quite a long one. And the width is 6.25", also plus the legs. The center platform is 7.75" in height. Regarding the 3 platform display levels: The center is 5.5” x 3 3/4” and the sides are roughly 3 3/4” x 4” to 4.5”.
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