Louis XIV, Baroque
18.0″ W x 42.5″ H x 20.0″ D
This exquisite set of eight grand scale antique French Louis XIV Régence style walnut dining chairs circa 1875 possess a handsome monumental appearance. Please enlarge the photographs to see the unique details in closeup including the luscious patina of the walnut timber. Several aspects of these antique French chairs bear mentioning. We are especially fond of the Muslin upholstery fabric that is meticulously centered on the back rest of each chairs, a way to maximize the display of fabric; the most costly item on any piece of furniture. The four legs each joined by a curved stretcher also identify these chairs as being of seventeenth century inspiration. Since the upholstery on these chairs was positively wretched the chairs therefore were recovered using super soft and high end floral Muslin fabric. The choice of the upholstery and removable chairs covers allows to showcase the exceptionally beautiful walnut timber.
History On Style:
The Baroque period in art history came after the Renaissance and was characterized by the use of abundant ornamentation. Baroque style started in Italy at the beginning of the 17th century and lasted until the first decades of the 18th, when it was gradually replaced by the Rococo style.
The Baroque artistic movement was initially promoted by the Catholic Church as a response to the Protestant Reformation. The intent of the style was to establish an emotional connection with the viewer. This type of art was meant to be understood by the uneducated masses, as opposed to the cultivated audience targeted during the Renaissance.
The Catholic monarchies soon adopted the style as a way to exhibit their wealth and power, and Baroque art expanded throughout the Catholic regions in Europe and the Americas. The Baroque style was also seen in furniture in the Protestant regions of the continent, although it did have significant differences in these areas.
, Baroque furniture got its start in France. Designers began to produce elaborate and ornamented pieces for the monarchy, and this fashion was gradually adopted by other courts all over Europe. Some of the pieces produced for the French king Louis XIV became symbols of Baroque furniture and are also known as the Louis XIV style, which is highly demanded by many antiques enthusiasts and collectors.
Style and Characteristics of Baroque Furniture
Baroque furniture shares some characteristics with other artistic mediums during this period, the most distinctive being the elaborate ornamentation. Furniture pieces had plenty of details, and the designs featured an exuberant and sometimes exaggerated decoration. In Baroque designs, decorative elements were never too much.
Despite the elaborate ornamentation, Baroque compositions had a delicate balance and a harmonious integration of all elements. The furniture pieces were usually symmetrical, and all the details were replicated on both sides, with very small variations, if any.
The establishment of regular trade routes between Europe and Asia influenced the materials used. Imported tropical woods were highly demanded and were considered exotic and exclusive. Ebony and mahogany were used in many pieces, while some of local woods included oak, walnut and chestnut.