Thursday, December 13, 2012


The panetiere was/is a wooden French bread box or bread bin; and a gloriously elaborate one at that.  Not your 1960s bread box - causing a rethinking of the querry - "Is it bigger than a bread box?"
More examples follow.

The average size for a panetiere was 30-36 inches wide, 16-18 inches deep and 26-39 inches high.  As usual, just click on the picture for a larger image, and go to the auction site links for additional views. 

The image above is a late 18th century example with slated bottom and spindle sides to allow air flow, a plank back, and a locked door.  The auctioneers state that the lock was added later. Live auctioneers       
Many were hung on the wall, as shown by the two hangers at the top back of this c1790 panetiere. Neal Auction
The lock and key in the door is seen on this panetiere from the 19th century.    Neal Auction
Panetiere over petrin - Bread box over Dough box. Faccents        

The 1805 Lavalle House, part of Historic Pensacola Village, in Florida portrays the French Creole style. A panetiere is hung in the kitchen. Lavalle House  
©2012 Patricia Bixler Reber 

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