This antique, French, period Louis XIII cabinet is a traditional, wardrobe or half armoire called a homme-debout which translates into standing man. Some believe the name originated in the Vend̩e region where during the French Revolution, armed men were hidden away between battles. The interior was removed allowing a soldier to hide in the cabinet. This example is arranged in two parts; the smaller top section is fitted with two shelves over a center drawer and base with shelves. It is decorated with oak leaf and acorn carvings as well as striking diamond point paneling in the fashion of Louis XIII. The cabinet separates in two piece for transport.
PLACE OF ORIGIN
France | Europe
Louis XIII (1610-43)
Width 38 Depth 28 Height 80 inches
Top section: Width 33 Depth 26 Height 33 inches
Bottom section: Width 38 Depth 28 Height 51 inches
Note: some applied decorative carvings missing (top corners). Drawer runners updated. Hinges adjusted.