Friday, September 28, 2007

Stylistic Periods of Régence (1715 - 1723) and Louis XV (1723 - 1774)

Bonjour and welcome to today's visit to l'Ecole du Bon Goût.  Today's subjects are the stylistic periods of Régence (1715 - 1723) and Louis XV (1723 - 1774).  These periods, which transition seamlessly from one to the other, are characterized by their emphasis on curvaceous forms and movements as well as an appreciation for vegetable motifs.

The death of Louis XIV loosed the bonds of restraint that had wearied the whole nation.  With this new sense of freedom, people sought intimate personal comforts and informality in their physical surroundings.  This license so freely employed under the new regime gave rise to a feverish yearning for novelty.  Decors were created with Chinese subjects, apes and pastorals, not to mention erotic representations by Boucher, all to satisfy the hunger for innovation. Asymmetry in the arts reached a peak of expression never before seen and not to be revisited until over a hundred years later during the Art Nouveau period at the beginning of the twentieth century.  This age, with a new interest in comfort and functional convenience resonates with modern concerns today.  Chairs became larger and more comfortable and tables evolved multifunctional amenities and, in some cases, ease of portability.

For these reasons, as well as others, the Regence and Louis XV periods are by far the most popular among collectors today; therefore, it is no surprise that, here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques, the selection of items from these periods makes up the largest portion of our current stock.  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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