Vaisselier, noun


Vaisselier is a word that’s French in origin, and it refers to a dresser or cabinet having an upper part on which tableware is displayed. The example shown here is a French Louis XV-style carved oak vasselier, made in the 19th century and standing an impressive 93 ½ inches tall by 80 ½ inches wide. It is lot #136 in Crescent City Auction Gallery’s March 11-12 auction, online and at the firm’s gallery in New Orleans, La. The piece has a modest $1,200-$1,800 estimate, considering its magnificence, but sometimes estimates are set low to get bidders moving.

French furniture is offered in abundance at nearly every Crescent City auction, not surprising when one takes into account New Orleans’ close ties to France. A few other pieces in the sale include an early 19th century carved walnut Louis XV-style buffet a deux corps (est. $1,500-$2,500); A Louis XV-style carved inlaid walnut double door armoire from the 19th century (est. $1,200-$1,800); a French inlaid carved oak commode, ca. 1880 (est. $1,200-$1,800); and a First Empire-style carved mahogany ormolu mounted marble-top sideboard (est. $1,200-$1,800).