This exquisite French 18th century Louis XV narrow wooden bibliothèque (bookcase in French) features two carved doors with chicken wire below a crown molding adorned with a rinceaux frieze and a central carved motif made of a bouquet of acanthus leaves and shell. This style of decoration is typical of the Louis XV rocailles vocabulary. The doors are a work of art unto themselves and are divided into two sections: the top features chicken wire, offering a view on the inner shelves, while the bottom is a solid carved wood. The usage of curvy scrolls reminiscent of waves is repeated three times on each door, giving a complete sense of harmony to the piece. In addition, delicate refined floral motifs are carved onto each wooden panel. The doors open to reveal a variety of painted inner shelves, providing great storage. This French wooden bookcase circa 1770 is a masterpiece of the Louis XV period. The rich décor is not overdone. It doesn’t invade the whole structure. The cabinet maker played well between the richly carved areas and the muted ones, contrasting them beautifully. Your eye is mindfully being driven from the shelves behind the chicken wire, where your own personal touch is allowed to be expressed through your own décor, to the richness of the carved wood. This French bookcase would be a fantastic addition to any home.