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Louis XVI Folk Art

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.

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Style: Louis XVI
Late 18th Century Swiss Pine Blanket Chest
Located in Albignasego, IT
Late 18th century Swiss stone pine chest H. 88 cm – L. 145 cm – D. 69 cm Beautiful chest in pine wood, built at the end of the eighteenth century. On the front there are three...
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1790s Italian Antique Louis XVI Folk Art

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Fir

Louis XVI Style Lion Mask Wall Clock
Located in Warsaw, PL
“A Louis XVI style lion mask wall clock” This fire gilt bronze Louis XVI style lion mask wall clock was one of the most outstanding masterpieces, which was originally made by Edme-J...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XVI Folk Art

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Bronze

Shelves for Fruits Plates 19th Century Boulle
Located in Warsaw, PL
Shelves for fruits plates 19th century Boulle, Silver table top.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Louis XVI Folk Art

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Bronze

French Painted & Carved Floral Dressing Table, Circa 1790
Located in Hollywood, SC
French hand painted flip top dressing table with floral paintings , ebonized string inlay, foliage border with swags, connecting cross stretchers , and terminating on tampered splay...
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1790s French Antique Louis XVI Folk Art

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Paint, Wood

French Faux Painted & Gilt Console Cabinet. Circa 1790
Located in Hollywood, SC
French faux painted and gilt marbleized console with two hinged flanking doors, fleur-de-lee & figural faces, single fitted interior shelf, and terminating on a molded edge base. Lat...
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1790s French Antique Louis XVI Folk Art

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Paint, Wood

French Faux Painted Foliage Console. Circa 1790
Located in Hollywood, SC
French faux painted console with two flanking hinged doors, exterior painted floral vases resting on columns with ribbon & butterfly motif, single interior shelf, and terminating on ...
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1790s French Antique Louis XVI Folk Art

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Paint, Wood

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French Louis XVI Style Bronze Mantel Clock
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Louis XVI Style Ormolu Mantel Clock Freres Paris
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19th Century Louis XVI Style Mantel Clock of a Lion Signed Festeau Le Jeune
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American Victorian Folk Art Bed with Hand-Painted Cats, circa 1880 Solid Walnut
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Vintage Hand Painted Folk Art Chest Box Floral Birds Traditional Medium Storage
Located in Greer, SC
Vintage hand painted and hand crafted domed chest with an elaborate folk art scene throughout the entire box. Stunning artwork with florals, birds, and a courting scene on wood. This...
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19thc Original Salmon & Decorated Pennsylvania Blanket Chest
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a amazing untouched 19thc original paint decorated blanket chest is a small scale size.Wonderful as a coffee table or end of a bed for quilts & blankets.The condition is very...
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18th Century Swiss Polychrome Decorated Blanket Chest Trunk
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Colorful 18th century Swiss blanket chest or trunk featuring a polychrome decorated finish. Beautifully decorated with blue painted iron strapping and a floral motif on top. Dated 17...
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1807 Blue Floral Painted Two Doors Tyrolean Wardrobe
Located in Albignasego, IT
Antique Blue Tyrolean wardrobe dated 1807 Origin: Tyrol (Northern Italy - Alpine Region) Essence: Fir Period: 1807 Measurements: H. 175 cm – L. 109 cm (118 cm at the frames) – D. 47...
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1839 Blue Floral Painted Cabinet
Located in Albignasego, IT
Blue Painted Cabinet dated 1839 Measurements: H. 177 cm – W. 120 cm (129 at the frames) cm – D. 40 cm (45 at the frames) cm Period: 1839 Origin: Tyrol Essence: Fir Description Anti...
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1839 Blue Floral Painted Cabinet
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H 69.69 in W 47.25 in D 15.75 in
19th Century Louis XVI Style Classical Mantel Clock
Located in Brighton, Sussex
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1778 Blue Floral Painted Wardrobe
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1778 Blue Floral Painted Wardrobe
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Located in Albignasego, IT
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1814 Green Floral Painted Cabinet
1814 Green Floral Painted Cabinet
H 63 in W 40.95 in D 15.75 in
18th Century Louis XVI Hand-Carved Age-Old Pine Sicilian Frieze
Located in Catania, Sicilia
An antique frieze used like ornament over the door. It's in original conditions. with normal signs of use and age.
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Danish Mangle Board Dated 1794
Located in Kastrup, DK
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Danish Mangle Board Dated 1794
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Italian Green and White Lacquered Chest of Drawers, Late 18th Century
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Italy, Tuscany, late 18th century Green and white lacquered, faux marble top Painted fillet with beautiful leaves Dimensions: W 123 x D 62 x H 95 cm.
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Whimsical Papier Mâché Bust of Monkey
Located in Houston, TX
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Marie Antoinette Hand- Embroidered Monogram, Framed
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French 19th Century Narrow Louis XVI Marble-Top Console Table
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
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18th Century Louis XVI, French Flower Wall Half Relief, Gilded Wood Decor
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
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Late 19th Century Louis XVI Roulette Games Flip Top Card or Games Table
Located in Stamford, CT
A 19th century Louis XVI Roulette Games / flip-top card or gaming table. This fully extended, 79.5 inch, roulette table can entertain many as it sits on sleek tapering reeded legs wi...
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French Giltwood Mirror
Located in Houston, TX
Giltwood French mirror with a beveled glass. Egg and dart design on the sides with a wreath at the crest. Foliate draping adorns the top.
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French Giltwood Mirror
French Giltwood Mirror
H 69 in W 30 in D 1.5 in
18th Century French Copper Bed Warmer with Punched Detail of Horse
Located in Carmel, CA
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Louis Xvi folk art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Louis XVI folk art for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the 19th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage folk art created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include folk art, tables, case pieces and storage cabinets and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, paint and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Louis XVI folk art made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for folk art differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $3,340 and tops out at $28,000 while the average work can sell for $11,403.

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