Furniture, armoire cabinet or sideboard with two bodies and recessed upper section separated by a girdle concealing a drawer. This is an exceptional Renaissance cabinet sideboard, from the school of the Dijon sculptor Hugues Sambin, with a Henri III - Henri IV style which can be dated from the second half of the 16th century, around 1580.
Therms and winged griffins decoration have sambinesque inspiration:
- The upper body is ponctuated by four winged griffins applied on the corners and the frame that carries a central male term with long pointed ears, is located between two doors themselves embellished with winged monsters with goat legs;
- The drawer is decorated with garlands of fruit from which emerge three masks;
- The lower body opens with two doors carved with winged figures and triple diadem heads. The frame presents a therm with pointy ears and goat hooves. At the corners are carved in the round horned and winged characters;
- The side panels are richly carved with masks emerging from arabesques and foliage.
This piece of furniture in walnut, elegantly proportioned, is finely decorated with a luxuriant sculpture of a particularly looked and well balanced execution. Its interior is lined with red silk brocade.
Really good condition
The four fully removable griffins of the upper body were added, probably during the 19th century.
"Le mobilier français du Moyen Age à la Renaissance", Jacqueline Boccador, 1988 ; "Le mobilier du Moyen Age à la Renaissance", J. Thiron, Faton editions, Dijon, 1998 ; "Hugues Sambin, un créateur au XVIe siècle", RMN Grand Palais editions, 2001.
Hugues Sambin pieces of furniture around 1580 with similar sculptures in the Louvre - Paris (cabinet two bodies from the former collection of the painter Pierre Révoil); Renaissance Museum - Ecouen (cabinet Thoisy-la-Berchère); J. Paul Getty Museum - Los Angeles (cabinet armoire).