A very fine Art Nouveau inlaid chest of drawers in pitch pine, French circa 1900. This piece features stand-out inlay on the drawer fronts, as well as the paneled sides. Elegant and very tight inlaid fruitwoods form delicate tulips, with full blooms and buds perched on dainty stems and set amongst long leaves. The naturalistic style is typical of the École de Nancy, where Art Nouveau was rooted in France. The body is longleaf, or pitch, pine with straight grain and no knots. All three drawers have their original working locks and pierced escutcheons. Carved out corners encircle each drawer and are echoed on the outer corners of the piece. Four tapered spindle feet have incised decorative lines and raise the profile of the chest.
Condition: Very good antique condition. A couple nicks and some light marks on the top, small chip at back left corner. A few dings along the top edge of the upper shelf. Two original keys work on all locks, one replaced key fits and is used as a drawer pull.
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