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French furniture: Styles
Decorations of furniture / Materials
Stamps of Cabinet-makers masters at the XVth century and their typical furniture

French Furniture Styles
REGENCE XVIII century
Philippe d'Orléans : 1715 - 1723
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Fauteuils

Tables, consoles

Commodes

Bibliothèques

Armoires

Objets décoratifs

This style began to appear at the beginning of the century and is a typical example of a transition style influenced by the preceding movement and at the same time presenting new forms of décoration indicating change. Lines had a new fluidity whilst retaining their symmetry. Charles Cressent, the master cabnetmaker, was to the Régencs period what Boulle had been under Louis XIV.

Also : Mondon, Dubois, Godreaux, Joubert, Doirat ....

Furniture : the commode, veneer of precious wood with geometric design together with much gilt bronze decoration.

Bookcases with meshed doors, cane chairs with curved "sabot de biche" legs. The earlier naturalim became stylized.

Tables, Duchesse chaises longues, "châssis" chairs, bureaux plats, consoles, smaller sized tables, cupboards, regulators, centre lights and walls lamps were numerous.

Materials : precious wood and ebony, Brazilian rosewood. Tulipwood appeared at the end of this period.

Types of decoration : much carving especially of stylized palm leaf, sunflower, pomegranate, with trellis background, honeycomb design. The latter "nid d'abeille" was a common background for Régence style pieces. Bronze and giltwood used.

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