FRENCH HUNT CABINETS

Hunt cabinets were made in France primarily during the mid to late 1800's.  Most of them were made of oak and typically were intricately hand-carved with birds, fish, animals, or harvest clusters on the wooden doors and leaves, acorns, fruits, and other items along the front edges of the cabinet and across the top of the cabinet.  Some cabinets have turned, fluted, or spiral columns along the front edges instead of carvings.  Many were also adorned with a removable crown or top ornamentation that could also be carved with various designs.  Frequently these crowns had a stag's head with antlers as the centerpiece of the ornamentation.

Although there are various forms of hunt cabinets, a typical configuration consists of 1) a base cabinet with 2 doors and 2 drawers, 2) a middle section that sits on the base cabinet.  This middle section is usually carved on the ends with figures such as gryphons, dragons, lions, birds or a combination of such figures., and 3) a top section with glass or wooden doors and adjustable shelves inside.  Some cabinets are deux corps or two-bodied without the middle section.

 Note: Dimensions of the cabinets and additional information will be added soon.