Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Forever Chic "Color": BLACK

Chers Amis de L'Ecole de Bon Gout, Bonjour d'Uzes!

This spring I had the pleasure of seeing at the Louvre an exhibition entitled : "Les Secrets de la Laque Francaise", which explored the popularity of lacquer work, imported from far East, starting in the 16th Century. These exotic imports spawned the development of European made copies and interpretations which continued for the next four centuries! Because much of this imported lacquer work was made with a black background, there developed an increased use of the color black in furniture and décor.

Painting a Louis XV game table black not only gave it the cachet of the exotic imported lacquer work of the East, but it also accented visually the curvaceous lines of its silhouette. Black also made a great contrasting background for glistening bronze doré mounts and fittings on furniture which were big contributors to the Louis XV style.

"Black" which is defined as "the result of the absence of, or the complete absorption of light", is of course a "color" which will easily mix and naturally combine with any other color.

See following 18th and 19th century antique items available from Au Vieux Paris Antiques, which utilize black to great advantage!!

Cordialement, Robert E. Smith

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