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Museum of Art and History of Provence

Sideboard with pull-out shelves or tiers

05 June 2014 / 17h15

Sideboard with pull-out shelves or tiers

19th century - walnut

Museum of the Art and History of Provence - donation by Miss Antonia Dozol

Inv. 2012.0.3100

Certain types of furniture are unique to Provence: bread bins, jars for flour and salt and the radassiero, a long bench with three or more seats which was handy for taking a quick nap and was found at the entrance to a home.

The sideboard with pull-out shelves is a very characteristic piece of furniture. Generally made in walnut, this massive sideboard is surmounted by a set-back shelf made of a central tabernacle closed by a swing door with compartments on either side closed by doors that slide to the outside. This shelf or tier often features a decoration which is different from that of the sideboard itself. This furniture was found in the kitchens of the affluent homes of the region; this one comes from the village of Le Broc.