I’ll admit it. I’ve mixed up the numbers when talking about the French Louis style. Sometimes, I can’t even recall which one has the straight legs and which style doesn’t! Ah, it’s embarrassing!
In my defense, I’m recently new to this gorgeous antique style and now that I know more about it –I’m addicted! And for our readers, I’m going to put the mystery to rest!
So today, I’m going to talk about “LOUIS XIV” and the details of this particular look. Let’s cover what to look for and a little history, shall we?
What to look for! The Louis XIV style…
…has a very stable & erect sense of support. The furniture feature various types of cross bars joining the legs together.
…has legs that end in an outward flex. If you look at the feet of each piece, they curve out and away from the center.
All of the Louis style features the acanthus leaf, but during the reign of Louis XIV, it has a “strung-out” appearance, as if blown by a strong wind, and the lobes are deeply cut.
A beautiful example can be seen at Metropolitan Museum of Art. See the following image.
I’m sure we’d all wish to decorate our homes with such priceless treasures, but that would become far too expensive! Ouch!
At the Bella Cottage, we offer affordable but beautifully restored antique pieces as well as lovely reproduction furniture from this period. In our One of a Kinds section, we update weekly with beautiful French Louis furniture! We love helping our customers recreate a timeless and elegant look for their home. Can you imagine it?
Image Source: Furniture Designing And Draughting“, by Alvan Crocker Nye.