European Antique Dresser, Louis XV period 1770.
This unique European antique 18th century dresser was made in France at the end of the Louis XV period, around 1770. It still has the graceful curves and the richly decorated ormolu fittings of the Rococo style. The pattern of the kingwood and tulipwood marquetry, however, already starts following the stricter and geometric design language of the neoclassical Louis XVI period. The marble top adds to the elegant overall picture of the dresser.
Not many styles have held such influence through the centuries as that of Louis XV.
Louis XV reigned from 1715-1774. This period reinvigorated French furniture and breathed new life into the older Baroque style.
The Louis XV style had three distinct periods. During the early years (1715-1730), called the Regency, when the King was too young to rule, furniture followed the massive, geometric Style Louis XIV style. From 1730 until about 1750, the period known as the first style, it was much more asymmetrical and ornate.
From about 1750 to the King’s death in 1774, a reaction set in against the excesses of the curvy rocaille. The Second Style of Louis XV showed the influences of neo-classicism, based on recent archeological discoveries in Italy and Greece.
Details of this dresser
The 18th century chest of drawers measures Height: 33.08 in. (84 cm),Width: 45.28 in. (115 cm),Depth: 23.23 in. (59 cm). It comes refinished and French polished. It ships from Germany and includes shipping to Boston.
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