Louis XVI Working Table, France 1780
Louis XVI marks the last stage of the baroque style and the beginning of French neoclassicism.
Although this period only lasted 30 years, the characteristics of Louis XVI continued well into the Empire period at the beginning of the 19th century.
Louis XVI design, also called Louis Seize, is one of the most notable and widely emulated styles for both furniture and interior design.
The Louis XVI period is considered the golden age of cabinetmaking. Desks and cabinets found a purpose at many royal residences, including the Palace of Versailles. Craftsmen employed inlays of high-quality woods, primarily mahogany, and then finished them with gilded bronze and mother-of-pearl.
Marquetry, made with satinwood, kingwood, or rosewood, to name a few, followed the love for geometric forms as well.
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