An enfilade can be a piece of furniture, usually a buffet, with a minimum of four cabinet doors opening to reveal connected compartments in a row.
The Baroque era-Mannheim Palace in Germany
Enfilade(ahn'-fe-lahd) comes from the french verb "enfiler" meaning "to thread" and more commonly refers to a suite of rooms formally aligned with each other.(wikipedia def.)
This baroque enfilade is from Catherine the Great's Palace -
I love the chinoiserie theme with this enfilade...the design mimics the pattern in the leaded glass windows.
These are the Fine Rooms at Burlington House, part of the Royal Academy of London. They remind me of a set of fired porcelain tea cups with gilded edging.
Enfilades can carry out a larger theme with each doorway varying in detail from the next, note above the doorway how each one has a different motif.
Photo courtesy New York Social Diary
This enfilade leads to the Salon des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) in Versailles.
The Golden Room in the Charlottenburg Palace is an exuberant example of Baroque
Even Marrakech architecture can be defined as enfilade...these windows repeat the pattern
I love how the classical pediments repeat, slightly different from the previous set.
Photo from Ca'Toga
No one "works" the concept of enfilade better than Carlo Marchiori in his home Ca'Toga. Venetian born, he frames the outer doors with replica gondola moorings. Pediments over the door continue with the second set of doors and the story is completed with the hand painted chest and trompe l'oeil curtains and sky with Campanile on the back wall.
As much as I love Baroque art, I must end this with a newer interpretation of an enfilade. It fits the definition perfectly.
Along your travels in life, have you seen an example of an enfilade that made your heart skip a beat? Please share your experiences with me!!