Item # LFA068
Antique French Louis XV style painted marriage armoire. Circa 1840s. Solid oak. Large flat, molded cornice sits upon carved upper frieze that features a pair of love birds. Triple paneled doors highlighted with floral and foliate carvings above a scrolled and accented apron. Raised on short cabriole legs. The interior reveals a very spacious storage compartment with three shelves. Côte d'Albâtre, France.
According to French tradition, the wedding armoire was ordered by a father when his daughter was born. It was typically hand carved with symbols of wealth, prosperity and lovebirds, and given to a girl during adolescence. As the girl grew up, she would fill it with her trousseau, clothing for Sundays, everyday dresses, lingerie and embroidered linens that she had prepared with initials of her future family. She would take it with her to her new home after she was wed.
h - 92.5"
w - 60"
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