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Louis XV Bookcases

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
French Three Door Louis XV Style Bookcase with Ormolu Mounts
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
French three-door walnut Louis XV style bookcase with book-matched and banded veneer work throughout and a splendid ‘sunburst’ pattern to the centre door. Original gilt ‘grille’ mesh...
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Early 1900s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut

20th Century French Cabinets in Lacquered Wood by Maison Jansen Louis XV Style
Located in Sofia, BG
French cabinets by Maison Jansen in lacquered wood remoulded door opening by two latticed. There is matching dining table and six caned chairs if you are interested. Louise XV styl...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Wood

18th Century French Louis XV Small Marquetry Bookcase or Vitrine
Located in Berlin, DE
18th century French Louis XV small Marquetry bookcase or Vitrine Rectangular vitrine or bookcase standing on four cabriole feet, front and sides slightly curved, the angles pointe...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Breccia Marble, Bronze

Late 19th Century French Louis XV Carved Walnut Armoire Bookcase from Provence
Located in Dallas, TX
This antique cabinet was crafted in southern France, circa 1890. The armoire sits on scrolled feet decorated with hand carved acanthus leaves over a very ornate apron embellished wit...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Glass, Walnut

French Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Two Door Vitrine/Bookcase 19th Century
Located in Houston, TX
Very fine French vitrine/bibiotheque, late 19th century with fine walnut veneers. Gilt bronze mounts Enhance the beauty of this piece. Serpentine upper portion of the cabinet adds a...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Mahogany

French 19th Century Louis XV Style Tulipwood and Ormolu Bibus
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant French 19th century Louis XV st. tulipwood and ormolu mounted Bibus, stamped F.Durand FILS. The Étagère is raised by Fine cabriole legs with beautiful wrap around ormolu s...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Ormolu

Pair of 19th Century French Louis XV Style Marble Top Bibliotheques / Bookcases
Located in Charleston, SC
A Regal pair of Louis XV style French ormolu-mounted marble top Bibliotheques with rosewood, Kingwood, Tulipwood, and mahogany veneers. These elegant French bookcases showcase the re...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Ormolu

18th Century French Louis XV Grand Scale Bibliothèque or Display Cabinet
Located in Winter Park, FL
A grand scale 18th century French Louis XV Period bibliothe`que, or bookcase, from the Loire Valley. Made of solid cherry wood with chestnut as a secondary wood and constructed in tw...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Iron

18th Century French Louis XV Carved Walnut Bombe Secretary Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
Crafted in Bordeaux, France, circa 1760, the antique "secretaire a abattant" with upper display shelving is built in two sections. The top part features a curved bonnet cornice with ...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut

18th Century Grand Scale Italian Bookcase
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Fantastic 18th Century Italian bookcase. Dating from the 18th Century and of Italian origin, this fine grand scale bookcase has a moulded frieze above a three-bay open bookcase. Ea...
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18th Century Italian Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Wood

19th Century French Hand Carved Four Shelves Open Bookcase in Louis XV Style
Located in Sofia, BG
French walnut hand carved four shelves open bookcase in Louis XV style. Massive and stable in very good condition. France, circa 1890.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut

Maison Jansen French Louis XV Style Red Lacquered & Gilt Trimmed Bookcase
Located in New York, NY
French Louis XV-style (1940s) red lacquered and gilt trimmed bookcase with 2 drawers above 3 shelves with a shaped top and bronze sabot feet. (Stamped: JANSEN)
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Giltwood, Wood

Antique French Carved Walnut & Marble Louis XV Buffet Vitrine Bookcase 1880
Located in Portland, OR
A fine quality antique French Louis XV style Carved walnut and marble Buffet Deux Corps, circa 1880. The buffet in two sections, the top having a carved and twin scrolled crest with...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble

Antique French Louis XV Kingwood, Marble & Ormolu Bookcase by E. Poteau, c1870
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique French Louis XV by Edouard Poteau (Paris, France - late 19th century) bookcase offers marble top surmounting kingwood bookmatched case having double doors with shaped glas...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Metal, Ormolu

Vitrine French 2 Door with Marble Top, Ormolu Mounts, Louis XV Styling
Located in Toronto, CA
A vitrine in the Louis XV French styling, with 2 glass doors and a marble top. The case is veneered in Walnut with tulip wood and rosewood and the ormolu mounts give it a formal char...
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20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Tulipwood, Walnut

Louis XV Style Bibliotheque or Book Case
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Louis XV Style Bibliotheque or Book Case - a large and substantial piece and a compliment to any large room which needs sophisticated storage solutions. The carving and elegance...
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Late 20th Century Louis XV Bookcases

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Brass, Wire

Library /Secretary in Marquetry by Chevrie
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Superb furniture in marquetry and bronze in the louis XV louis XVI transition style executed by A.Chevrie famous parisian cabinetmaker of this time. The furniture at the top opens ...
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1890s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

18th Century Oak Corner Library Cupboard
Located in Vosselaar, BE
This mid-18th century oak corner cupboard originates from the Prebysterie (living quarters of a pastor) of the small Normandy village of Foie, now part of Normanville. It was reputed...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Oak

Fine Linke Attributed Satinwood Walnut and Marble Bronze Mounted Bookcase
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This outstanding bookcase is beautifully made brass and bronze mounted marble top bookcase that is most likely made by Francois Linke though unsigned. The hallmarks are there, the qu...
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Early 1900s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Breccia Marble, Bronze

French 1800s Cherry Buffet à Deux-Corps with Glass Doors, Clock and Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XV style cherry buffet à deux-corps from the early 19th century, with glass doors and round clock. Created in France at the beginning of the reign of Emperor Napoléon ...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Glass, Cherry

French Louis XV Period Carved Walnut Open Bookcase, Mid 18th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
having a rectangular shape with paneled sides and a vertical center section with carved volutes, the case adorned with metal hardware and rosette carving, raised on cabriole legs.
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut

Large Solid Oak French Louis XV Style Breakfront Bookcase Vitrine, circa 1980
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a large French Louis XV American-made breakfront that has an enormous amount of glass viewing area to display your china or curio momentos. The piece is in good vintage condi...
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1980s American Vintage Louis XV Bookcases

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Oak

Pair of Continental Bookcase Cabinets Original Paint Decorated
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of continental bookcase cabinets. Painted in an olive green with white and gray design this magnificent pair of bookcase cabinets are simply worthy of any home setting. The pair...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Wood

Francois Linke Attributed Petite Embossed Leather Bronze Mounted Bookcase
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a wonderful petite bookcase with embossed leather and bronze attributed to Francois Linke. The case is surmounted in gorgeous crisp bronze ormolu over a fine walnut case. The...
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Early 1900s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

Pair of Marble Top Bookcases with Brass Gallery and Mountings
Located in Locust Valley, NY
A pair of ebonized Louis XV style bookcases circa 1940, with a coral tone marble top and brass gallery and ormolu mountings to feet and apron.
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Mid-20th Century Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Brass

Bibliotheque by Paul Sormani with Gilt Bronze and Brèche d'Alep Marble Top
Located in New York, NY
This Sormani bookshelf is made of kingwood and bois satine with a brèche d'Alep marble top. The center panel holds an open shelf with adjustable shelf and a section with sliding tamb...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

French Louis XV 18th Century Walnut Vitrine Display Cabinet with Glass Door
Located in Atlanta, GA
A petite French Louis XV period walnut vitrine display cabinet from the 18th century, with single glass door and richly carved floral-themed motifs. Created in France during the 18th...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Glass, Walnut

Louis XV-Style Vitrine with Marquetry Decoration
Located in Paris, FR
Louis XV-style vitrine crafted of veneered rosewood, amaranth and satinwood. Elegantly set upon cabriole legs, the showcase is distinguished by a luxurious marquetry decoration featu...
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1870s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Rosewood, Satinwood

Louis XV Bookcase by Pierre Garnier with Inlay Wood and Marble Top, circa 1750
Located in VÉZELAY, FR
Superb inlaid bookcase / vitrine / showcase with very thick marble top, feet decorated with bronze and double mesh door. 3 shelves present. In excellent general condition. Key prese...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Bronze

French 19th Century Ormolu-Mounted Bibliotheque by F. Linke
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine French ormolu-mounted kingwood, bois satine and tulipwood bibliotheque, early Louis XV style, by Francois Linke. Signed: F. Linke Having the original marble of Aleppo Bre...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XV St. Kingwood, Tulipwood, Ormolu and Marble Étagère
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant and very high quality French 19th century Louis XV st. Kingwood, Tulipwood, ormolu and Brèche marble Bibus/étagère, stamped G.DURAND. The bookshelf is raised by five most ...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Ormolu

French Louis XV Period Dome Top Oak Bibliothèque, circa 1750
Located in valatie, NY
This gracious dome top country French bibliothèque is made of carved golden oak. It has two arched top removable doors with inset scrolled panels and scrolled openings with tradition...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Oak

Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Parquetry Inlaid Bibliothèque, circa 1880
Located in London, GB
A very good Louis XV style gilt-bronze mounted parquetry inlaid Bibliothèque. French, circa 1880. This fine Bibliothèque is of superb quality with wonderful gilt-bronze mounts...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

Pair Antique Liegoise Louis XV Bookcases, China Buffets
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair antique Liegoise Louis XV bookcases ~ China buffets are masterworks of the cabinetmaker's art! The boldly styled architecture of the pair includes two dramatically arched crowns...
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1910s Belgian Vintage Louis XV Bookcases

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Glass, Oak

Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Style Kingwood & Bronze Mounted Open Bookcase
Located in Middleburg, VA
Mid-20th century French Louis XV style kingwood & bronze mounted open bookcase. France, circa 1940. Measures: 34.25" H, 40" W, 10.5" D.  
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

French Louis XV 18th Century Walnut Provençal Bookcase with Doors and Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French walnut Louis XV period Provençal bookcase from the 18th century, with bonnet top, two doors and three drawers. Born in Provence during the 18th century, this stunning walnut...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Glass, Wood, Walnut

French Louis XV Style Oak Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
Large French Louis XV style oak bookcase with adjustable shelves and chicken wire in doors.
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Wire

19th Century French Louis XV Walnut Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Louis XV walnut bookcase is a masterpiece of the cabinetmaker's art! The luxurious nature of the coveted French walnut exudes a sophistication unmatched by any ot...
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1880s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Walnut

19th Century French Kingwood and Ormolu Revolving Bookcase
Located in London, GB
A French revolving library bookcase Constructed in kingwood, amaranth and goncalo alves, and dressed with high quality gilt bronze work; rising from quadripartite swept and hipped...
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19th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

French 18th Century Louis XV Transition Period Cube Marquetry Vitrine or Library
Located in Berlin, DE
French 18th century Louis XV Transition period cube marquetry vitrine showcase or library A fine small 18th century Louis XV/Transitional period vitrine or library standing on fou...
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1760s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Bronze

French 19th-20th Century Louis XV Style Mahogany and Ormolu Mounted Vitrine
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine and large French 19th-20th century Louis XV style mahogany and ormolu-mounted Vitrine cabinet with a Veined Mint green marble top, attributed to Georges-François Alix (18...
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Early 1900s French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Marble, Ormolu

French Grey Painted Louis XV Style Two-Part Bibliothèque Custom-Made in 1978
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large French vintage Louis XV style painted two-part bookcase with glass doors, custom-made for a client in 1978. This French bibliothèque features a dark grey painted cornice, sit...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Wood

Louis XV Dome Topped Walnut Bibliotheque, c1750
Located in valatie, NY
This beautiful French Louis XV bookcase has a single molded domed top and two arched doors with screened openings. The bibliotheque is carved with wheat, grapes, flowers, leaves and ...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XV Bookcases

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Mesh, Walnut

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