THE 19th CENTURY STYLE

The 19th century style
This century has no unified style, it is referred to by convenience.
During the reigns of Louis XVIII (1814-1824) and Charles X (1824-1830), the Empire style remained in force. Some of the best parts due to this style says Restore belong to the domain of the seat and the table. Typical gondola seats, the back seats spilled or concave armrests double volute and saber legs. Small tables with lyre-shaped legs or X are usually a nice drawing. In terms of convenience and similar parts, forms Empire remain in force, heavy and massive. Added the mahogany wood lighter, such as maple and lemon, were highly appreciated. We left the actual marquetry inlays in favor, so amaranth could provide a stark contrast to a light background and vice versa. This process largely replaced the use of bronzes apply on furniture. In truth, most overlays reproduce, simplified drawings of bronze Empire.
Said Charles X style survived the reign of the monarch who gave him his name, introduced in the July Revolution (1830). The reign of his successor, Louis Philippe (1830-1848), also of the House of Bourbon, saw a singular evolution of styles in which mingled Empire, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque Louis XIV with a predilection for the “Boulle” marquetry. However, around 1840, perhaps earlier already, this is especially the Louis XV style, closely associated with Louis-Philippe I, who enjoyed a vogue unique, characterized by overly curved legs, rough sculptures and decoration excessive.
Later, from 1852 to 1870, under the Second Empire, woodworking, like all production subsequent to the First Empire, did not present a unified style, but an interesting network of inspired various imitations cult to past craft traditions of France. The most interesting pieces reveal a quality work like a “Fourdinois” who worked for Napoleon III and the elite of society. The Second Empire furniture is characterized by often ostentatious and ornate, but also an amazing variety and vitality. The desire for luxury is clearly visible in the upholstered cushions decorated with fringes which leave no trace of wood frames. Later in the nineteenth century, a movement to liberate furniture traditional styles of  the past and create a new style, crystallized in the “Art Nouveau”, proposing a new approach “naturalistic”  art, with the main source of Inspiration nature. 

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