The allegory of marriage

The wardrobe’s main appeal and uniqueness lie in the two medallions which decorate its doors and which show two figures facing each other: On the left medallion, a woman wearing a traditional Pays de Caux headdress can be seen. This headdress is present in various paintings throughout the museum’s galleries and dates back to the end of the 18th century. The woman is holding an open bird cage. On the right medallion, a young man dressed in traditional French costume from the 18th century can be seen holding a bird. The man is pointing to the cage. The allusion to marriage is clear. The bird symbolizes the man, who will enter the cage which the bride is holding, by getting married.