Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Word of the Day: "SEMAINIER"


Pronounced: "suh men YAY"

To pronounce this correctly, remember what they say on Fire Island: "some men--YAY!". Compare this to Staten Island: "most men...NOT SO YAY."

A semainier is a tall narrow chest of drawers with 7 drawers, one for each day of the week. The one shown above is an 18th century French cherry wood semainier in the private collection of one of my clients. If you're reading this and you are that client (yes Debby that means you!), I miss this piece a lot and wish you'd sell it back to me.

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