Empire Stands with Hidden Compartments
Empire stands with hidden compartments from France. The stands are from the mid-19th Century. Choice selections of mahogany veneers and a fine french polish finish. Looking at the stands you see two column supports. Each one cut to a 12 sided shape. The tops are cut in a demi-lune with rounded corners to compliment the shape below. The apron has graduated stacking of moldings which is repeated on the lower cabinet, but in reverse direction. The lower section is unique, looks unassuming but on the back side are two hidden compartments, one per stand. The compartments look like paneled back but have brass closures. Open these doors and it reveals the large storage area. Perfect hiding location when these are put flat against the wall. The front side of the compartment is a lower shelf for display. Circa 1860-1880
22 5/8″ wide x 16 1/4″ deep x 43 1/4″ tall
When I first saw this pair of stands, I was immediately drawn to them. These are striking!