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A fine Dutch Louis XVI sideboard or "klapbuffet"


Overall inlaid with various bands, canted rectangular hinged top opening to two hinged shelves, enclosing a removable zinc liner and foutain and two hinged shelves to each side, two drawers and two doors below, each centred by a lacquer panel depicting a bird, enclosing one shelf, on four square tapering legs terminating in gilt-brass toupie feet. The limited space in some Dutch townhouses often required metamorphic furniture, with fold-over tops, or space-saving tambour cupboards. This Klapbuffet, was an important innovation: the top of the commode lifting, allowing fitted shelves to drop down for the setting-up of tea for entertaining. Sometimes they are seen with basin-holes for washing after tea ceremony.


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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 35.44 in. x W 47.25 in. x D 22.84 in.

    H 90 cm x W 120 cm x D 58 cm

  • Seller location
    Amsterdam, NL
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