Extraordinary hand carved wood linen press 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 box (a "lit clos," pronounced "lee cloh"), the sliding door closed to keep the heat in the sleeping area during cold winter nights. A similar bed box is mentioned in Emily Brontë's 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.