Brittany is known for the originality and beauty of its furnishings. The chest, considered the symbol of home and hearth, is perhaps the oldest piece in the cabinet-making tradition. Its carved panels typically featured geometric motifs or religious images. The most classic example of Breton furniture is the lit clos(closed bed or box-bed). Designed for warmth and intimacy, the closed bed was separated from the common room by doors or curtains. Bedding and linens were stored in a chest at the foot of the bed, which also served as a bench. The hutch, cabinet and clock, invariably executed with precision, subtlety and attention to decorative detail, are other traditional Breton furnishings.
Credit: Frédéric Back