Louis XV

The Louis XV, or Louis Quinze style, describes the decorative furnishings and arts produced in France during the reign of Louis XV, who ruled the country from 1723 to 1774.

The Louis XV style is often used as synonym for the Rococo style when discussing French antiques and decorative arts. Both styles are easily recognised by the characteristic predominance of curved lines in furniture, particularly elegant curved legs or cabriole legs in antique chairs and tables. Another characteristic of the Louis XV and the Rococo styles, apart from the rocaille and coquille motifs, is the asymmetry and fluid lines of the works. Rejecting the rigidity prevalent in previous furniture design, the pieces of the Louis XV period usually present a more organic form of decoration, with fantastical combinations of naturalistic flowers, swirling plants and ornate shells. In the Louis XV period, exuberant ornaments were used in every aspect of the interior, which began to be perceived as a work of art in itself, in which furniture, fine and decorative arts and the architectural structure all combined and complimented one another.

The sinuous lines of the style were combined with pastel colours, gilt mounts and frames, and abundant use of porcelain, silk and glass, to create charming objects suitable for the refinement and wealth of the 18th Century European aristocracy.

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  1. Louis XV 99
  2. Rococo 73
  3. Sèvres 16
  4. Neoclassical 8
  5. Fête Galante 7
  6. Belle Époque 7
  7. Louis XVI 7
  8. Floral 5
  9. Chinoiserie 4
  10. Napoleon III 4
  11. Royal / Monarchy 3
  12. Chinese Interest 3
  13. Figurative Art 3
  14. Régence 2
  15. Mythological 2
  16. Baroque 2
  17. Classical 2
  18. Louis XIV 2
  19. Meissen 1
  20. Japonisme 1
  21. Japanese Interest 1
  22. Equestrian / Horses 1
  23. Portrait 1
  24. Boulle 1
  25. Birds / Ornithology 1
  26. Landscape 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 80
  2. Porcelain 28
  3. Enamel 13
  4. Wood 12
  5. Marble 10
  6. Glass 7
  7. Patinated Bronze 7
  8. Gilt 6
  9. Kingwood 6
  10. Rosewood 5
  11. Parquetry 5
  12. Marquetry 5
  13. Mirror 4
  14. Vernis Martin 4
  15. Tortoiseshell 4
  16. Mahogany 3
  17. Silver-gilt 3
  18. Tulipwood 3
  19. Tole 2
  20. Giltwood 2
  21. Silver 2
  22. Cut Glass 2
  23. Leather 2
  24. Bronze 2
  25. Ruby 2
  26. Tapestry 1
  27. Sapphire 1
  28. Satinwood 1
  29. Rock Crystal 1
  30. Sycamore 1
  31. Turquoise 1
  32. Beech 1
  33. Quartz 1
  34. Precious Stones 1
  35. Pearl 1
  36. Brass 1
  37. Malachite 1
  38. Lacquer 1
  39. Gold 1
  40. Fluorspar 1
  41. Enamel - Cloisonné 1
  42. Emerald 1
  43. Ebony 1
  44. Ebonised Wood 1
  45. Diamond 1
  46. Crystal 1
  47. Ceramic 1
  48. Metal 1
Colour
  1. Gold 88
  2. Brown 37
  3. Multi-coloured 32
  4. Blue 21
  5. White 21
  6. Green 11
  7. Black 8
  8. Clear 6
  9. Red 6
  10. Grey 4
  11. Pink 3
  12. Silver 3
  13. Purple 2
  14. Cream 1
  15. Turquoise 1
  16. Yellow 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 95
  2. German 2
  3. Austrian 1
  4. Chinese 1
  5. Italian 1
  6. Japanese 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 41
  2. 19th Century 39
  3. Early 20th Century 9
  4. 18th Century and Earlier 5
  5. 20th Century 5
Artist / Maker
  1. Sèvres (French, founded 1738) 15
  2. Balthazard, Michel (French, active late 19th Century) 2
  3. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (German, founded 1710) 2
  4. Picard, Henri (French, fl. 1831-1864) 2
  5. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel (German/French, b. 1849) 2
  6. Charpentier & Compagnie (French, fl. 1860s) 1
  7. Marchand, Nicolas Jean (French, active from 1738) 1
  8. Tétard Frères (French, founded 1880) 1
  9. Sormani, Paul (French, 1817-1877) 1
  10. Beurdeley (French, founded 1818) 1
  11. Samson et Cie (French, 1845-1969) 1
  12. Royer, Ernest (French, active second half of 19th Century) 1
  13. Riesener, Jean Henri (French, 1735-1806) 1
  14. Poteau, Edmond (French, fl. 1850s-1890s) 1
  15. Boucher, Francois (French, 1703-1770) 1
  16. Petit, Jacob (French, 1797-1868) 1
  17. Brezagez, Pierre (French, fl. 1727-1748) 1
  18. Lerolle Frères (French, 1836-1863) 1
  19. Clodion (French, 1738-1814) 1
  20. Lenoir, E. (French, active second half 19th Century) 1
  21. Japy Freres (French, founded 1806) 1
  22. Beauvais factory (French, founded 1664) 1
  23. Grohé, Guillaume (French, active 1829-1884) 1
  24. Gleizes (French, active 19th Century) 1
  25. Durand et fils (French, 1890-1934) 1
  26. du Tertre, Charles (French, 1715-1793) 1
  27. Deveraux (French, active 19th Century) 1
  28. Denière et Fils (French, 1804-1903) 1
  29. Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896) 1
  30. Coustou, Guillaume (French, 1677-1746) 1
  31. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin (French, fl. 19th Century) 1

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