Marriage armoires, as they were called, had symbolic details to depict love and happiness; two doves, flowers, a ribbon to tie their hearts, or wheat bundled in a bouquet were created on the doors.
In the middle of the cornice there would be a crown to bless their union.
Marriage armoires held stacks of dishes or folded linens, the tools of daily needs. I imagine that the moments of shared lives, the conversations and souvenirs of another time were tucked away behind the doors as well.
Whenever I see a marriage armoire the doors seem to open without my ever having to turn the key, as if it longs to hold love again.
* Early 19th century, painted French antique armoire. Adorn with an hundred year old gold thread tassel.