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ON SALE - Rare Antique French Oak Lit - Clos Enclosed Bed Fabulous Television Cabinet - Library Bookcase - Bedhead - i252
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Rare Antique French Oak Lit - Clos Enclosed Bed Fabulous Television Cabinet - Library Bookcase - Bedhead - i252
This rare museum piece of French history was found recently in France. A fuller description is below. In Brittany, the closed-bed (French: lit-clos) (Breton: gwele-kloz)is a traditional furnishing. In homes with usually only one room, the box-bed allowed some privacy and helped keep people warm during winter. Similar enclosed bed furniture was once also found in western Britain; Devon, Cornwall, Wales particularly in Gower. Some closed-beds were built one above the other in a double-decker, two-story arrangement. In this case, young people were sleeping upstairs. It was the main furniture of rural houses in Brittany until the 20th century. Often carved and decorated, it was the pride of its owners. Closed-beds were 1.60 to 1.70 m length, long enough for people of that region who were rather small. And because they slept in an almost sitting position, they leaned on three or four pillows. It was the tradition of the Middle Ages not to sleep lying down, because that is the position of the dead and of effigies. Later out of fashion and expensive to make, box-beds were gradually abandoned in the 19th and 20th centuries. Fine pieces were put in museums (Lampaul-Guimiliau, Nantes, Quimper,Rennes, St-Brieuc), while most of them were converted into bookshelves, dressers or TV cabinets. In the 21st century, rental companies offer nights in authentic box-beds. The contemporary Breton designers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec have reinterpreted the form with their lit-clos, 2000 for Galerie Kreo. Box-beds were also used to protect people of the home from the animals (pigs, hens) also living in the house, or even to protect them from wolves who might enter houses and snatch babies This rare and genuine piece has been crafted from oak and is heavily carved and brass studded decoration on the doors. It is dated 1800's. The oak patina is beautiful, as is the carvings. The two middle doors slide across and are easy to lift out totally. The end doors open as shown. This is ideal for a large television cabinet. Our low asking price is not indicative of the value of this rare Lis-Clos. It is a museum piece. There is one spindle missing from the top right and evidence of old borer holes and some minor borer damage to the right side as shown which is of no concern - please see below. The photos form the most part of the description. Please note that most antiques are not in as new pristine condition which is the charm of these pieces. Please feel free to ask questions and viewing is welcomed at our warehouse.
SIZE approx: 192cm high x 183cm wide x 51cm deep at the deepest - Internal opening 170cm wide x 41cm deep x 87 high at front. Floor to cabinet 72cm high.