pièce de résistance: c. 1800s italian armoire
Occasionally, in our antiquing journey, we find a piece that is not French, but still speaks to us. When this happens, we make 100% certain that it has that certain je ne sais quois before making the purchase. Whether it is shape, patina, history, or overall look, we make sure that it flawlessly blends in with our French treasures. This lovely Italian Armoire is one of these specimens...but don't tell the French (even though we found it unabashedly displayed in the South of France)!
This early 1800's armoire arrived in France via Sienna, Tuscany, where it is thought to have originated in a convent. When discovered, it was packed full of old religious papers and cards, some of which are still displayed inside the cabinet. We chose to keep these articles as a nod to it's interesting past.
This show-stopping piece oozes character! It's soft, blue patina gives a hint of the rich golden pine underneath. With a turn of the key, it opens to unveil more character and charm like the partially faded handwritten labels adorning the shelves.
The possibilities for this armoire are abundant. It would make a lovely and strong statement in a family room, bath or bedroom. In France, pieces like this are often used in the kitchen to store dishes or as a food pantry. This is especially seen in traditional farmhouses, called mas, where storage is meager at best. Pieces like this one add personality and warmth to the modern American kitchen because its clean, simple lines can be mixed with a variety of décor styles.
If you're looking for a versatile antique armoire, this is the one! We'll even throw in the old religious papers!