Important French Parquetry Side Cabinet Stamped Bettenfeld


Exhibition Quality Cabinet Bettenfeld: A 19th century French cabinet by Bettenfield Paris, the original moulded breakfront marble above a mahogany frieze with ormolu flutes, olive leaves and flowers housing a single drawer over a cupboard with a pair of doors unusually panelled on the front and reverse side, the front with cross-banded parquetry flanked by canted corners and parquetry side panels profusely embellished with ormolu acanthus, roses, olive leaves terminating in stylised ormolu acanthus feet. This cabinet is of remarkable quality both inside and out and is one of the finest pieces Wallrocks have imported in 45 years of trading. The original model of this commode is attributed to Riesener.

The original model of this cabinet was made by Reisner and used in Palais de Fontainebleau, and this cabinet is one of a couple of notable museum quality copies made in the 19th century. Other notable examples include one made by Linke, Sormani, Wassmus, Winckelson and Fourdinois. Founded in 1895 in Paris, Bettenfeld was an accomplished cabinetmaker and exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle as Bettenfeld Quanonne and won silver medal at the same exposition in 1913, furnishing the Palace de Larangerias in Rio de Janiero in 1910, and according to renowned antique expert Christopher Payne, ‘there was a Bettenfeld recorded as working for Francoise Linke circa 1910.’ The book also depicts a very fine cradle made by the cabinetmaker illustrating the remarkable quality of his work.

Circa: 1880

1103mmH ­x 1530mmL x ­ 565mmD

Re-polishing or Waxing

As part of restoration, we can clean and gently re-polish and or wax this piece of antique furniture depending on your individual taste. Our French polisher has been with us for 40 years, and does everything by hand. No spray guns, and no nasty polyurethane sprays. Polishing allows the grain of the piece of furniture to become evident once again, and waxing provides a soft glow, however there is also the option to keep the piece in totally original condition if this is your preference. To discuss the best restoration option for this piece please don’t hesitate to phone or email us.


Wallrocks has over 35 years experience shipping antiques all around the world.

Be assured that we invest in the safe delivery of all our antique furniture, and track all our deliveries. It is of paramount importance to us that your purchase arrives at your home safely, and we personally pack all items ourselves prior to shipping.

Delivery Within Australia

For delivery of antique furniture to anywhere beyond a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD, Wallrocks relies on a number of reputable carriers, depending on your requirements, to ensure safe delivery. Please ask for a quote.

We have a complimentary delivery service of antique furniture within a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane CBD. We will personally deliver it to your door to guarantee it arrives safely.

Overseas delivery

International customers can be confident that Wallrocks are experienced in shipping freight around the world by sea and air. Freight charges will be determined and quoted at the time of purchase.

Please contact us to discuss your delivery options.

Delivery times

Wallrocks delivery service is subject to restoration times. Our pieces are hand restored in the traditional methods and do take some time. We will always do our best to fit in with our customers’ delivery time frames and will discuss this at the time of purchase.

Are you in mid-renovation? We offer free storage of your Wallrocks purchase for a negotiated period of time with individual customers. Please contact us to find out more…

We understand buying antiques online can be of concern for some customers. For this reason, if you purchase a piece from Wallrocks and the piece that arrives is not as we have described, then we will provide a 100% refund. In 35 years of business this has never been necessary, but we provide this option as a safety-net to all our customers.

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