Friday, October 16, 2009

Style Correlations in Chairs and Candlesticks

Chers Amis,  Bonjour and welcome to some simple observations that will certainly aid you in distinguishing the differences in the classic French decorative styles as they evolved from Louis XIV at the end of the 17th Century through Directoire at the very end of the 18th century.

In the following photos of chairs paired with candlesticks of the same style, all period pieces here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques,you can see a direct ongoing relationship and "cross pollenation" in these two "mediums" of  artistic expression. Maybe this is because both chairs and candlesticks were such important essentials in home furnishing they rated the style and detailing that was the latest and best taste of the day. To simplify each style as presented in these photos,  one could observe the following basic correlations: For Louis XIV: it is about turnings and squareness, Louis XV: it is about curves and carved detail, Louis XVI: it is about classical fluting and beading, and Directoire: it is about sleek obelisque like profiles. Certainly there are exceptions to these principle traits and also fine gradual transitions between each period, however that just makes it more interesting to be a student of l'Ecole Du Bon Gout.

If you have any question for me regarding this or another subject,call at 337-332 2852 or email  robertesmith@centurytel.net or visit my web site at www.auvieuxparisantiques.com .
   
Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith





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