French Louis XVI Style Carved Oak Hall Tree, early 20th c., the stepped crown over a wrought iron hat shelf and ten like coat hooks, above a serpentine mirror over a long glove drawer above two raised panel cupboard doors with short iron escutcheons and short iron fiche hinges on bracket feet flanked by iron umbrella racks, with paper label verso for Claude Liet, Libourne, Restauration, , H.- 78 1/2 in., W.- 80 1/2 in., D.- 17 1/4 in.
Condition consistent with age and use. Heavy wear and fading are seen along the bottom. A key, two metal drip pans, and one shelf are present. Heavy wear is observed throughout the black paint on the drip pans. Moderate wear is seen to the tops of the cupboard doors. Heavy wear, through the finish, is observed below the drawer handle. An approximate 1 inch patch of deep dents is seen on the bottom of the right door. A 10 inch vertical hairline crack is noted on the right side of the cupboard. A 12 inch crack, approximately ¼ inch at the edge, is seen on the right side of the cupboard top. A 2 ½ inch crack is observed nearby. Five horizontal 12-inch cracks are seen through the top left and right panels and the middle panel on the left, the width varying from nearly hairline to 1/8 inch. A 9 inch crack is noted through the top panel above the mirror. Two 3 ½ inch cracks are observed in a panel on the right side. Spots of gold residue are observed in the upper right corner of the mirror frame. A slight gap is seen between the molding on the top corners of the mirror frame. Lighter discoloration is observed along 5 edges of the inset panels. The coat hooks slide and the hardware is likely cast, not hand-forged. Cupboard- H.- 19 ¾ in., W.- 30 ½ in., D.- 15 ¾ in., Drawer- H.- 3 in., W.- 26 in., D.- 11 7/8 in. A wonderful piece.
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