This Neo-Renaissance style carved walnut dresser features carved busts of costumed characters. The dresser is shaped like a Second Renaissance dresser, tall and rather thin, symmetrical, structured with many straight lines and straight angles. It has several levels divided into two main bodies, one on top of the other. The lower body has several drawers, the carved busts in two carved medaillions on panels and small pilasters carved on either side. The busts depict a man and a woman dressed in Henri II-style costumes, and they are each wearing a feathered hat.
The upper body of the dresser is placed on top of carved arcades. The central panel is carved in low relief with grotesque patterns.
The walnut gives the piece of furniture nuanced shades of deep browns, ochers, and orange tones.
The Henri II style corresponds to the French Second Renaissance, led by the Ecole de Fontainebleau, that took place during the 16th century, from about 1530. The revival of the Henri II style during the 19th century was part of the neo-Renaissance style, a historicist style that expressed the desire to reuse Renaissance elements in architecture, interior design, and art objects in order to bring back parts of the style of this time period. During the 19th century, many other styles were inspired by past centuries, like the Neo-Gothic style and neoclassical style . Different aspects of these styles were often mixed together to create a single piece, which came to be known as “eclecticism.”