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A satinwood and bronze ormolu semainier, French, ca.1890

--Hamptons Antique Galleries, Stamford, CT

Definition: a chest of drawers, usually tall and thin, intended for storing linen and lingerie; it traditionally has seven drawers, one for each day (the name derives from the French word, semaine, meaning "week"); originating in 18th-century France, it has come to mean any seven-drawer chest; sometimes erroneously applied to tall thin lingerie chests with six drawers

Pronunciation: se-man-ee-air

Also Known As: lingerie chest

Example: Devoted to a single type of clothing - lingerie and stockings - the semainier was typical of the luxurious types of furniture developed in the Rococo period of early 1700s.

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