Friday, September 21, 2007

Stylistic Periods of Louis XIII (1610 - 1643) and His Son, Louis XIV (1643 - 1715)

Chers Amis,

Bonjour and welcome to today's visit to l'Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today's subjects are the stylistic periods of Louis XIII (1610 - 1643) and his son, Louis XIV (1643 - 1715), who was the hands down all time champion of material Bon Goût.  Both of these stylistic periods can be described similarly.  Their characteristics are unity, symmetry, and sober majesty with an emphasis on bold architectural moldings predominating.  Hard to imagine pomp, magnificence and polished elegance in all details of appointment were regarded by Louis XIV as indispensable adjuncts of his court and the fashion set by the king was followed as best they could afford by his court and lesser gentry.

The over the top sumptuous expressions of these periods, exemplified by the interiors of the Chateau de Versailles, may not fit your taste or possibly even not your pocketbook, however, the provincial interpretations of these styles do fit nicely into today's interiors and modern lifestyles.  Two characteristics found in pieces from these two styles are their substantial physical strength and durability.  Oak, imparting its own special quality of strength, not to mention a rich mellow patina, is by far the favored wood.  The doors to Louis XIV’s bedroom from his prized and glorious Chateau Marly, now exposed at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, are of carved oak.

Note also the astute shopper may find better buys in these periods than the Louis XV pieces currently sought after by the general antique collecting public.  Currently here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques, we have a broad range of Louis XIII and Louis XIV period pieces including armories, beds, tables, chairs, fireplace mantles, candlesticks, etc. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests you might have by telephone (337) 332-2852, e-mail, or visit our website at

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith

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Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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