A 19th century French “Armoire de Mariage”
Reference No: ML
An outstanding, early 19th century French “Armoire de Mariage” (Marriage Wardrobe) in carved and patinated solid elm. Traditionally given in Normandy to a newly-wed couple as a wedding present, it is decorated with carved bouquets and garlands of Spring flowers, an allegory for fertility; with overflowing cornucopias, an allegory for abundance; and with a pair of cooing doves, an allegory for marital bliss. Note the 'Chapeau de Gendarme” pediment, the size of which denotes the importance of this piece. Internally fitted with shelves and drawers. Area of Rouen, circa 1840.
Condition report: In good, unrestored condition.
Dimensions: Width 133 cm (142 cm at pelmet), depth 50 cm. Height 232 cm.