Antique French buffet or sideboard if you prefer to call it, was probably constructed in the late 1700s or very early 1800s and has somehow magically escaped the hands of any restorer. In the antique business, we always prefer to purchase an object, in its natural unrestored condition and our personal preference is conservation, rather than restoration. Anyone can restore an antique French buffet and make it pretty to the eye, but it requires an artisan, to truly conserve an antique and make it appear as though, it has been untouched for the last 200 years, yet function as new. Our Old Plank workshop, specializes in conservation first and only when required, restoration. This particular antique French Louis XV style buffet, is an excellent example of conservation. The color of our 200-year-old French white oak buffet or sideboard, almost appears to be a bit smoky, but not the contrived version, so popular on today’s reproduction pieces. This antique French oak Louis XV buffet is a perfect example, of what all the furniture company’s want their new pieces to look like, but they always miss the mark. The reign of Louis XV, ran for almost 59 years, (from 1715 to 1774) and was the second longest in France, exceeded only by his great-grandfather, Louis XIV, who ruled for 72 years. Whether this antique French oak buffet, was made during the reign of Louis XV or just after, is almost impossible to determine, but this country French buffet is absolutely old and genuine.