This is a 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 sliding compartment for a bag of salt, and the appearance, at least, of a drawer, though it's just for looks. The large old steel strap hinges are 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 3 others that are slightly older or slightly newer from an estate in France. I'll be listing the other one pictured with this one in that final photo today, also. They're all offered separately so look for all using "French salt" as search words in our shop. The c.1700s ones can bring upwards of $5000 in perfect condition, and we've sold several in the $3000 ranges, but they're very hard to find. These can give you the look, but not the investment. Charming as can be in kitchen, etc..
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The cabinet is nice sized at 16.75" tall. Full measurements are noted on the photos for your review. The door panel in false and the cabinet open from the top, leather hinges. The interior is also pretty, as you can see. Beautiful old wood, dark in color. The cabinet is really without damage other than just the age and use, and that one chip to corner of the drawer. I can tell it once had 2 turned finials, which is typical of these - the holes still are there and you can "fill in" with ones you can find at a crafting store. I love the very typical French carving on that front panel: musical instrument, a lute. I'd date it to c.1900-1920, newest of the 4 just listed (sold separately). Other measurements are noted directly on our photos.
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