Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to a bygone era; the era of craftsmanship…
There were a few examples of period woodwork scattered through the Renaissance château. The pieces displayed looked unique and expertly made. Most were of a dark mahogany shade and were rather austere and heavy.
At the time that these fifteenth to sixteenth century pieces were crafted, the world would have to wait several centuries before the mass manufacturing of furniture and goods.
The Renaissance seemed to be a place to take one’s time… Time to gently carve and coax images out of wood:
In our humble opinion, this chest of drawers was the most impressive piece of furniture at the château d’Ecouen.
Absolutely gorgeous! Little drawers, and a small niche with a painting (click for a closer look). Oh, the things that I could stash in those cute little drawers.
A wood carving of a lady warrior (that is a woman’s chest!).
Another carving with loads of finely carved details…
And finally, a renaissance era chair to squeeze into( limited “wiggle room” on the seat).