Painted French Bibliotheque armoire in soft Jade green.
H 255 cm. W 135 cm. D 47 cm.
Painted two door bibliotheque having two paneled doors and shelves. Dark ruby red interior. Stunning in its extraordinary detail, this 19th century vitrine has been embellished with a hand-carved mermaid and merman on the top. The mermaids often represent the allegory of colonial goods like coffee, tea or spices which are transported via sea. This example is from the first half of the 19th century. Made of carved wood.
The cabinet is in good restored condition.
A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. The male equivalent of the mermaid is the merman, also a familiar figure in folklore and heraldry. Although traditions about and sightings of mermen are less common than those of mermaids, they are generally assumed to co-exist with their female counterparts.