A French Vaisselier
It’s no secret that I have a weakness for French antiques, and I love adding authentic French pieces to our decor. Every so often, I love changing things up for a fresh look, by switching furniture to different rooms as well as replacing pieces for something completely new.
After moving and relocating to Alabama in December, my decor has changed and evolved a little bit with the new temporary home. Bringing in a few authentic French pieces has been a part of the evolution.
Several weeks ago while antiquing in Pensacola, Florida, I found a gorgeous antique French Vaisselier.
The French term vaisselier refers to a piece of furniture for storing and displaying china.
It comes from the French word “vaisselle” meaning dishes. Pronounced “veh suhl YAY”, Country French vaisseliers consist of a two door buffet, occasionally with drawers, with a shelved cupboard that rests on top.
The Vaisselier that I found dates to circa 1870. The first time I saw it, I fell in love with it, but didn’t buy it on that trip.
I knew that if I purchased it, I would need to move something out, specifically the famous blue buffet that I’ve had for quite awhile.
For months I have been feeling like it was time to let the blue buffet go, but I hadn’t found the right piece to replace it with.
I came home that day without buying the French vaisselier, but didn’t stop thinking about it.
Several weeks went by and, still thinking about the French Vaisselier, I decided that I wanted to go back to the antique shop and see if it was still available.
Luckily, not only was it still available but it was also on sale for half price!
I felt like that was a sign! Priced at $425, I knew I couldn’t pass it up a second time, so it came home with me.
Many of you know how much I adore painted furniture, but I also love mixing in the warmer wood tones.
So if you’re wondering if I’m going to paint the Vaisselier, and the answer is no. It’s simply too gorgeous as is.
Painted and stained furniture can live very harmoniously together!
Our century old heirloom farm table is finished in lime wax with a whitewash effect, and the French chairs are painted white. They all work beautifully together with the warmer wood of the Vaisselier.
Nineteenth century French Vaisseliers are a classic rural staple for the French style home.
They were once used to store tableware, flatware, and showcase prized heirlooms all in one place, and they were usually displayed in a place of honor in the home.
Our Vaisselier, made of French oak, is made to last for generations.
Beautiful carvings carved directly into the framework and door panels give it the perfect provincial look!
The top display piece is separate from the buffet. It has pegs that sit down into holes in the top of the buffet.
It closely resembles my cherished Estanier cabinet, however it’s much larger.
After moving the Vaisselier into the breakfast room, I used the amazing furniture salve by Wise Owl paint to bring back it’s luster and shine. Wise Owl Furniture Salve is amazing at bringing out the beauty in wood!
After this beauty was all cleaned up I had hours of fun rearranging my collection of English and French typography ironstone.
I didn’t really have enough pieces to fill the larger area, so I had to spread them out a bit more. But now I have a reason to start looking for some new pieces!
For those of you that are wondering, I decided to sell the famous blue buffet, as well as the Estanier cabinet that sat on top of it.
The blue buffet has appeared in seventeen U.S. and European magazine publications, countless websites, and it’s been pinned on Pinterest thousands of times!
I took both pieces to our space at the antique shop, Antiques at the Loop, in Mobile, AL. If you’re interested in either piece, you can contact the shop directly at 251-476-0309. They will be glad to answer any questions or get dimensions for you!
I am a bit sad to see them go, but I love the newness of change that comes with bringing in new and different pieces.
And at the end of the day, they are just “things”, so I’m at peace with them going to a new home to be loved.
I hope you love my beautiful French Vaisselier as much as I do!
There’s another new piece that I’ve found that I’ll be sharing soon!