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2606 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23517

Flemish carved wood "huis clos" cabinet, c.1700

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. 


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