Louis XV Chest of Drawers with exquisite flower marquetry.
This beautiful French 18th century Louis XV chest of drawers captivates with a stunning flower marquetry on its top. The king wood, rosewood and satin wood marquetry shows different type of flowers.
It was the era of Louis XIV when commodes emerged as fashionable items. These new furniture pieces used two to four drawers, effectively replacing chests.
His successor, Louis XV reigned from 1715-1774. This period reinvigorated French furniture and breathed new life into the older Baroque style.
Two parts compose the Louis XV style: The Rocaille or Rococo period (1720-1755) and Louis XV proper (1750-1774). Both forms share many similarities, motifs, and inspiration.
The primary motifs used to decorate furniture and other pieces were Rocaille and coquille, the French words for rock and shell respectively.
Baroque furniture caters to robust design and balance, while the ornate details of Rococo were purposefully feminine and romantic. They are more graceful and place less of an emphasis on symmetry.
Please also read our blog post about the history and the characteristics of the Louis XV furniture style.
Details of this piece
This chest of drawers is a wonderful example of the exquisite craftsmanship of the 18th century.
It is in very good condition. The chest ships from Germany and includes shipping costs to Boston.
It comes refinished and French polished. It measures 33.07 x 45.6 x 21.65 inches.
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