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Louis XV Dinner Plates

LOUIS XV STYLE

The style of 18th-century French furniture was guided by the court. When Louis XV, who reigned from 1715–74, focused royal life on the smaller salons of Versailles rather than its grand chambers, it transformed the aesthetics away from the imposing and angular furniture that characterized the style of Louis XIV. A broader focus on comfort and more delicate forms define antique Louis XV furniture, with nature-inspired carvings, wood inlays, curved cabriole legs, asymmetrical shapes and rounded oval seat backs. The furnishings changed throughout the king’s life, as he ascended to the throne as a child and then grew to establish his own tastes.

Pieces like the bergère, an upholstered armchair with a wide cushion that fit the flowing dresses in fashion at the time, reflected this more informal court. Introduced at the start of Louis XV’s reign, bergère chairs in this style were deeper and broader than other chairs of the period.

Louis XV tapestries and carpets tended to be floral and colorful, and design elements were borrowed from Asia. Dutch-born cabinetmaker Bernard van Risenburgh brought lacquer techniques influenced by Japan and China into his luxuriously made furniture. Along with its fine details, the furniture of the era also featured new innovations including mechanical devices. Jean François Oeben, a royal cabinetmaker, created such intricate pieces as a mechanical table for Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s mistress. It involved a sliding top and a writing surface that extended from its marquetry panels.

During the later years of Louis XV’s reign, there was a shift from the ostentatious rocaille style, part of the exuberantly decorative Rococo movement in Europe for which designers such as Nicolas Pineau and Juste-Aurèle Meissonier are known. The style under Louis XVI would return to boxier forms, but with a neoclassical touch inspired by the ancient world.

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Style: Louis XV
Set of Porcelain Dinner Plates
Located in Manchester, MA
Set of 12 Samson porcelain cabinet plates elaborately hand decorated in 24 carat raised Gold Cabinet Plates with the Crest of Chateau de Tuileries. The set is a Family Heirloom from ...
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Early 20th Century European Louis XV Dinner Plates

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Orchies French Faïence Majolica Louis XV Style Asparagus Plate, circa 1880
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Majolica glazed French faïence barbotine asparagus plate, Orchies, circa 1880. In the style of Louis XV with dimensional mold work and unusual glazing in pink, green and auberg...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Dinner Plates

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A striking set of 12 Sevres Porcelain plates, after Louis Philippe Royal Hunting Service, France, polychrome decorated, transfer printed, and with gilt star centers, hunting border m...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Plate 19th Pewter No Marks
Located in Diest, Vlaams Brabant
Pewter plate 41 cm No marks 19th century or earlier.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Louis XV Dinner Plates

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