Miniature hand carved oak Brittany lit clos with original accompanying bench. The "lit clos” or "closed bed” was a bed on high legs with sliding doors used in Brittany. The lift-top bench was used to climb up into bed and to store blankets. The high legs on the bed helped one to avoid damp dirt floors. The doors were often lined with blankets to avoid the cold drafts prevalent in this province on the Atlantic Ocean. The ship’s wheel is a common motif in furniture from Brittany, a region where shipping and fishing play major roles in the lives of the Breton people.
16" H X 15 1/2" W X 11" D
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Hand hammered and inscribed copper bucket , c. 1820 from the Anjou/La Vendee region in southern Brittany. Given as a wedding gift with symbols of peace (doves), solidarity (oak leaves),...