This piece is a careful reproduction of a French Canadian Buffet. It reflects classic Louis XIII style with carved diamond-point losenges on the front and sides. Panels are worked into the posts and framed with mouldings. It has authentic iron hardware using fische hinges, open work escutcheons and heart ring pulls. Like the original it is built on mortice and tenon frames that form the feet.
It is made of beautiful Quebec Butternut rubbed with oil and earth pigment pore filler, with a padded-on shellac top coat. This wood is typical of about 20% of high class New France furniture of the late 18th Century, but the trees are fast disappearing because of disease.
The design reflects the best proportions and the highest sculptural refinement of early French Canadian furniture.