Posted by: frenchinspiredliving | January 19, 2009

An introduction to vaisselier (dressers)



The strict interpretation of ‘Vaisselier’ is a dresser although not quite in the English sense because these pieces have hung on the walls of French country kitchens over the past few centuries.  They were used for decorative pots and jars,  to display cups and jugs or to simply store the bric a brac of life .

Vaisseliers are usually painted and often have just a bottom shelf and a roof-like top shelf.  However, if you’re really lucky you’ll come across ones with spoon racks, small drawers and cupboards; these wonderful pieces are well worth searching for at fairs and brocantes on your visits to France.

The brown painted vaisselier with three drawers is late 19th century and would cost in the region of £250, this small cream painted vaisselier would be about £75.


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