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 66
  3. Sèvres 13
  4. Neoclassical 6
  5. Fête Galante 5
  6. Belle Époque 5
  7. Floral 5
  8. Louis XVI 4
  9. Baroque 4
  10. Napoleon III 4
  11. Chinoiserie 4
  12. Chinese Interest 3
  13. Louis XIV 3
  14. Figurative Art 3
  15. Royal / Monarchy 2
  16. Classical 2
  17. Régence 2
  18. Boulle 2
  19. Birds / Ornithology 2
  20. Mythological 2
  21. Animal / Animalier 1
  22. Landscape 1
  23. Japonisme 1
  24. Equestrian / Horses 1
  25. Japanese Interest 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 84
  2. Porcelain 22
  3. Marble 14
  4. Enamel 11
  5. Wood 11
  6. Marquetry 10
  7. Kingwood 9
  8. Glass 8
  9. Patinated Bronze 7
  10. Rosewood 6
  11. Parquetry 6
  12. Tortoiseshell 5
  13. Gilt 5
  14. Vernis Martin 5
  15. Leather 4
  16. Tulipwood 3
  17. Giltwood 3
  18. Mahogany 3
  19. Silver-gilt 2
  20. Ruby 2
  21. Brass 2
  22. Mirror 2
  23. Cut Glass 2
  24. Malachite 1
  25. Satinwood 1
  26. Bronze 1
  27. Turquoise 1
  28. Ceramic 1
  29. Tole 1
  30. Tapestry 1
  31. Diamond 1
  32. Silk 1
  33. Sapphire 1
  34. Lacquer 1
  35. Ebonised Wood 1
  36. Ebony 1
  37. Rock Crystal 1
  38. Quartz 1
  39. Precious Stones 1
  40. Emerald 1
  41. Pearl 1
  42. Enamel - Cloisonné 1
  43. Gold 1
  44. Beech 1
Colour
  1. Gold 92
  2. Brown 41
  3. Multi-coloured 27
  4. White 19
  5. Blue 16
  6. Green 11
  7. Black 8
  8. Clear 6
  9. Grey 5
  10. Red 5
  11. Pink 3
  12. Cream 1
  13. Purple 1
  14. Turquoise 1
  15. Yellow 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 96
  2. Austrian 1
  3. Chinese 1
  4. German 1
  5. Italian 1
  6. Japanese 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 42
  2. 19th Century 38
  3. Early 20th Century 9
  4. 18th Century and Earlier 5
  5. 20th Century 5
Artist / Maker
  1. Sèvres 13
  2. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel 2
  3. Samson et Cie 2
  4. Coustou, Guillaume 2
  5. Lenoir, E. 1
  6. Royer, Ernest 1
  7. Riesener, Jean Henri 1
  8. Poteau, Edmond 1
  9. Picard, Henri 1
  10. Petit, Jacob 1
  11. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory 1
  12. Marchand, Nicolas Jean 1
  13. Linke, François 1
  14. Lerolle Frères 1
  15. Balthazard, Michel 1
  16. Beauvais factory 1
  17. Gouthière, Pierre 1
  18. Gleizes 1
  19. Escalier de Cristal 1
  20. du Tertre, Charles 1
  21. Durand et fils 1
  22. Deveraux 1
  23. Denière et Fils 1
  24. Clodion 1
  25. Charpentier & Compagnie 1
  26. Brezagez, Pierre 1
  27. Beurdeley 1
  28. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin 1

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