Fruitwood Chateau Armoire c. 1740 | Antique and Art Exchange

French Armoires

This week we are pleased to feature a beautiful selection of amoires. Many armoires can be as tall as 10 feet. Armoires were originally built for huge, chateau-like homes and are generally themselves reflections of the sheerly enormous spaces for which they were once intended. It is important to make the distinction between the different types of armoires. Such types include marriage armoires, country armoires, and the chateau armoire. Chateau armoires were generally made of fruit woods whereas marriage armoires came from darker woods like oak or chestnut. Marriage armoires were also adorned with carvings that oftentimes depict lovebirds in a basket of flowers. It is also true that the various types of carvings found on armories are generally indicative of the region from which a particular piece originated.

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