Louis XV Desk, France 18th century
This unique French Louis XV desk dates back to around 1770. It has an exquisite flower marquetry on front, side and top. The inside of the writing top has four drawers and two open compartments. Green leather covers the writing surface. The lower part of the Louis XV desk has one large and two smaller drawers. It is very elegant secretaire, which was made during the last phase of the Louis XV period or the beginning of the Louis XVI period. It still has elements of the Rococo style, especially in the marquetry flower decoration. On the other hand, geometric inlaid bands frame the curved flower marquetry, this already shows the influence of the emerging Neoclassical style.
Louis XV Style
The Louis XV style can be broken down into three periods. During the early years (1715-1730) when the King was too young to rule, furniture stuck after the vein of the larger, geometric Louis XIV style. This period was known as The Regency. From 1730 until 1750, during “The First Style,” we began to see more ornate and exuberant designs, as well as asymmetrical construction.
Finally, from 1750 until the end of Louis XV’s reign (he died in 1774) “The Second Style ” featured a reaction against the rocaille and its excesses. This period makes use of the burgeoning influence of neoclassicism, spurred by recent archeological discoveries in the Mediterranean.
The Louis XV desk is in very good condition.
It measures Height: 37.6 in. (95.5 cm),, Width: 36.23 in. (92 cm), Depth: 18.12 in. (46 cm). The secretaire ships from Germany and includes shipping costs to Boston.
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