Extraordinary hand carved wood cabinet from Flanders in the late 17th or early 18th century. The entire front of this dark cabinet includes remarkable designs, including birds, vines, and a spiral flower on the sliding door. Originally used as the front of a bed built into a wall (a "huis clos", pronounced "wee cloe"), the sliding door would have closed to keep the heat the sleeping area during cold winter nights. A similar bed is mentioned in the novel Wuthering Heights. Converted to a narrow cabinet with legs and three shelves some time in the 18th or 19th century. Dimensions are 67 1/4 x 76 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches.