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Louis XVI Ceramics

LOUIS XVI STYLE

Reflecting the final era of royal opulence before the upheaval of the French Revolution, antique Louis XVI furniture features more angular shapes than the Rococo curves of the Louis XV style, harkening back to the imposing grandeur of Louis XIV.

Dating between 1750 and 1800, an era that overlapped with the last king of France whose reign was cut short by the guillotine, Louis XVI furniture, known as the goût grec, is emblematic of the neoclassical revision that French furniture underwent during the second half of the 18th century.

Authentic Louis XVI furniture characteristics include clean lines and carved details such as scrolls and acanthus flourishes that were inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. This was informed by a burgeoning interest in antiquity in the 18th century, owing to new archaeological excavations at sites including Pompeii and Herculaneum. It largely eclipsed the more East Asian–influenced ornamentation of Louis XV for something more geometric and symmetrical.

The Louis XVI style was defined by what was being created for the palatial rooms at Versailles and Fontainebleau, particularly for the queen, with cabinetmaker Jean-Henri Riesener being a favorite of Marie-Antoinette’s for his luxurious pieces accented with gilded bronze and marquetry. Furniture maker Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené was also a major designer of the period, with his pieces for the royal residences adorned with giltwood and neoclassical touches like tapered columns for chair legs and laurel leaf carvings. Cabinetmaker Adam Weisweiler occasionally incorporated into his furniture porcelain panels produced by Sèvres, a popular manufacturer of European ceramics that served the crown with serveware, vases and other decorative objects.

Find a collection of antique Louis XVI seating, tables, cabinets and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Louis XVI
Pair of French Ormolu-Mounted Celadon Enamel Vases as Lamps
Located in Hingham, MA
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Pair of Dore Bronze Mounted Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Vases
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Pair of Louis XVI Dore Bronze Mounted Chinese Porcelain Wucai Covered Urns
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A fabulous and very decorative pair of Louis XVI style dore bronze mounted Chinese porcelain Wucai covered urns. These are truly a beautiful pair of urns, with wucai colors, which in...
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Early 1800s Chinese Antique Louis XVI Ceramics

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French Louis XVI Style Dore Bronze & Chinese Sang De Boeuf Porcelain Lamps, Pair
By Emmanuel-Alfred Beurdeley
Located in New York, NY
A very fine pair of antique French Louis XVI style dore bronze and Chinese sang de boeuf porcelain vases, later mounted as lamps, attributed to Alfred Beurdeley. Each baluster form m...
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Pair of Chinese Blue Poudre Porcelain and Gilt Decorated Lamps
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Pair of Chinese Blue Poudre porcelain and gilt hand-painted and decorated vases mounted as lamps, each hand-painted with flowers, Chinese dragons, butterflies and insects; on giltwoo...
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