French antique Louis XVI marriage armoire, circa 1780.
H 228 cm. W 132 cm. D 50 cm.
Beautiful Louis XVI sanded oak marriage armoire with elaborate carved details, France circa 1780. At the top of the cabinet doors is a beautifully carved section featuring a wicker basket overflowing with various flowers, a motif used in Normandy to refer to the bounty of nature especially when combined with marital harmony. Also the middle section of each cabinet door contains this theme: medallions surrounded by flowers and carved deeply into the oak timber for maximum sculptural effect.
The skillful carving indicates that this was an important piece when it was first created and it remains as desirable today as it was over two hundred years ago.
In this particular case we know exactly where the armoire comes from. It was transported by Maison Odoul in Paris and came into the possession of General Tabouis who was living in St. Jean de Luz, near Biarritz in France, according to the address label inside the armoire.
With two paneled doors and shelves. The sanding gives the armoire a sturdy country chic look. Very good condition.