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Florida Road Trip 2: Antique Louis XVI Dining Chairs

I hope you enjoy the next step in our Florida road trip… to deliver a set of antique Louis XVI dining chairs. In my last blog post I wrote about our trip to South Florida — where I grew up — to deliver a vintage Renaissance cabinet. Greg and I often joke that once we decide to take a road trip, it seems we always end up selling other pieces along the route. In this case, we were already heading to Lakeland, Florida, when Twila, an interior designer, reached out to us about a gorgeous set of twelve antique Louis XVI dining chairs she was interested in buying for her client Margaret in Jacksonville.

antique French Louis XVI dining chairs from EuroLuxHome.com

Margaret immigrated to the United States from Poland, and as she grew up in a home filled with beautiful European antiques as a child, it has been her dream to have her own French Chateau-inspired home. 

Chateau style home in Florida

As we drove up to the circular cobblestone driveway to Margaret’s house, we certainly were impressed with the classic French architectural styling of the home, complete with wrought iron railings and a romantic balcony! The formal landscaping just adds to the je ne sais quoi!

Dining Room with Antique French Louis

The set of twelve antique Louis XVI chairs that Margaret and Twila selected are hand-carved in walnut, crafted with a rich butterscotch leather upholstery, and date to circa 1890. They look amazing with the large circular antique table in the dining room. The butterscotch leather looks very pretty with the soft golden yellow walls and draperies.

Antique French Louis XVI dining chairs

The formal dining room also features a gorgeous Louis XV French Country Sideboard and a large, hand-carved Louis XV French Country mirror that pair perfectly with the antique table and antique chairs. The pretty herringbone parquet flooring and the romantic candelabra sconces and large crystal chandelier add more formal elegance, while the view of the formal garden through the series of large French doors steals the show! 

If only we could stay for a sumptuous French feast of Chateaubriand and linger over an excellent Bordeaux! 

We hope that Margaret enjoys the antique Louis XVI dining chairs in her beautiful home and that they conjure up the old European mood that she enjoys!

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Client Spotlight: Antique French Country Louis XVI Buffet

When we delivered an antique French Country Louis XVI Buffet to our customers Mary and Phil, we had no idea what a great treat we were in for while touring their chateau-style home! Read on and see for yourself.

We met Phil and Mary in our antiques store in Newberry. They came to find a buffet to function as a dresser between two closets in their master bedroom. Mary explained they have been building their dream chateau over the past ten years and they are finally starting to pull it all together. They had very specific dimensions and wanted a beautiful antique buffet in a French Country style. After measuring and remeasuring, they decided on our  gorgeous walnut Louis XVI buffet. Phil said that Mary had her eye on a pair of Italian Blackamoor floor lamps too and he wanted us to deliver those as a birthday surprise for her.

When we arrived at their gorgeous home in Greenwood, SC,, we certainly admired the gorgeous stone exterior, which looks much like a French chateau. The bottom first floor has been built into the hill beneath the home and this is the view from the back garden looking out over the lake. It is stunning! Unfortunately the fountains had already been turned off for the winter season, so we didn’t get photos. We’ll have to come make another delivery in the spring! Mary tells us she loves spending time puttering in the gardens she has built around the back side of the home.
Stone entrywayPhil greeted us at the huge solid wood door under a brick archway and showed off the huge iron bell on a rope that functions as a doorbell. It is also how he lets Mary know it is time to come in out of the garden!

Mary and Phil explained they had designed the entire home themselves based on places they had seen in France and have done much of the work themselves – including building the barrel arch supports on which the brick mason worked to create the amazing arched entry hall!

Phil thought the hand-carved and painted Venetian Blackamoors that he bought in our store would grace the entry way to the castle with their candelabra. (We still have a similar lamp number P-49 available.) Phil surprised Mary with the lamps as a gift, and they do help light up the entrance to the keep! However, on a second delivery to bring a vintage Renaissance style console table for the entry way, we found Mary had moved the Blackamoor lamps to either side of the grand stone fireplace. I didn’t actually capture the entire fireplace because it is so tall!

Blackamoor lamps

And here is the antique French Country Louis XVI buffet that the couple chose for their master bedroom. It fits perfectly between the two closets… just as they planned! antique French Country Louis XVI Buffet The walnut French Country style antique buffet has lovely carvings on the door fronts and pretty shaping around the upper glass door. The mirror set in the back of the buffet gives a nice sense of light and reflection. This is a great choice of buffet to repurpose as a dresser in the bedroom!

After we had delivered the Venetian lamps and the antique French Country Louis XVI buffet, Mary and Phil came back to our antiques store to choose some other furniture. Check out my next blog post titled Client Spotlight: Vintage Renaissance Console Table to see more photos of the house from that second delivery. Meanwhile, we hope you agree with us that this couple has a truly beautiful home!

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Easy Living with French Country Farmhouse Style

Many of our customers love French Country Farmhouse style, whether they are buying our antique French Country furniture or newly-crafted pieces that stay true to the look. French Country Farmhouse style promises easy living all year round. In summer, the relaxed and casual feel is perfect for long hot days when we want to kick back and feel cool and close to nature. In winter, the cozy and comfortable appeal of this look ensures that you will want to snuggle up and surround yourself with family and friends… and probably lots of lovely warming food, too, as would befit a farmhouse!

This French Country Farmhouse kitchen in Louisville, KY, is a great example of the look, with the traditional rooster on the island. Roosters and chickens are typical of this rustic French decor style, and the look is also associated with good, nourishing food and a relaxed rural way of life. Family and friends are always welcome, and everything is designed to be easy to live with… distressed finishes mean that you don’t have to be precious about your furniture!

For this reason, the style is especially well-suited to kitchens and dining rooms. It’s where everyone gathers to make memories… whether you are sharing small everyday moments over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, or enjoying a lively feast for in a bigger celebration.

French Country Stool in the kitchenThis photo of our customer Stephanie C.’s kitchen in Kernersville, NC, includes a counter stool from our selection of French Country stools at EuroLuxHome.com.  The newly-crafted stool is beautifully made, with intricate wood carvings, a hand-woven rattan or rush seat, an antiqued blackwashed stain, and the curvy cabriole legs that are typical of French Country style. The silhouette of the stool looks stunning and creates exactly the right mood!

Thanks to the welcoming quality of the French Country Farmhouse style, it also looks great in an entryway or foyer. Notice the muted colors, especially the soft dusky blue which is perfect for the rustic and serene atmosphere. Also notice the combination of natural textures, with woven baskets, a throw pillow on the chair that looks like hessian or flour-sack canvas, a woven rattan seat on the chair, an open weave lampshade, and a wood planked floor.

To find out more about the typical features of this style and how to recreate it in your own home, read my blog post:  Elegant Comfort: French Country Farmhouse Style.

Do you love the French Country Farmhouse look? Tell us in the comments box and share your own photos with us too!

And if you are looking for some pieces to freshen up your own home, remember that we always stock a lovely selection of new, vintage and antique French Country Farmhouse furniture and home accents in our online EuroLuxHome.com store and shipping is always free.

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Antique Renaissance Dining Chairs Look Great in Today’s Homes

Antique Renaissance dining chairs look great in today’s homes! We buy many antique French Renaissance chairs from Europe and bring them back to the USA. Our customers are so delighted that they send us pictures of how amazing the chairs look in their dining rooms. For example, these antique Renaissance dining room chairs dating to 1900 feature regal lion carvings and metal handles and they look terrific around our customer Susan’s dining room table in Metamora, IL. See more in my Renaissance Dining room blog post here.

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If you don’t know this style, you can check out our full description of the Renaissance Revival style of furniture on our website.  But as a quick guide, the original Renaissance era dates to 15th century Italy, when furniture and architecture was inspired by the classical arts of ancient Rome and Greece. The Renaissance Revival style then flourished again in 19th century France, when the newly wealthy middle class wanted large, ornate and heavily carved furniture.  These pieces have a dignified opulence, and they are perfect for people who enjoy comfortable but noble decor.

Antique French Dining Chairs

Here is another great example of four antique French Renaissance dining chairs in our customer Iris’ home in Texas. The brass handles on the chairs create a nice silhouette and the spindles set in the backs of the chairs also make a decorative statement.  Here’s a better view of the beautifully carved chair backs.

Antique French Renaissance Dining Chairs

This shows you just how handsome the chairs look when your guests sit down for dinner! The oak chairs are carved in the Renaissance Henry II style, which is is very regal, emphasizing classical symmetry in details like arches, columns and finials. If you like this look, my post called What is the Renaissance Henry II Style of Antique Furniture? is a must-see!

antique French dining chairs Renaissance

Rich surface decoration in upholstery as well is in carvings is also a feature of Renaissance style dining chairs. We love the way our set of six French Renaissance dining chairs look in our customer Lenore’s dining room in Sapphire, NC. The vintage chairs were made around 1930 and they are beautifully upholstered in red and cream brocade. The spiral turning on the oak legs adds another decorative detail. See more about the Vintage Renaissance chairs in Lenore’s charming country cottage.

Some extraordinary antique Renaissance Revival furniture emerged in Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and we have the luck to be able to cross the Atlantic and choose our favorite pieces to bring back to the States for you! If you want to see the antique Renaissance dining chairs for sale on our website right now, just follow the link!

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Client Spotlight: Antique French Louis Philippe Chest of Drawers

WE were delighted when previous customers Jenni and Chris returned for another purchase: A beautiful antique French Louis Philippe chest of drawers. The Louis Philippe style of antique furniture is very refined and elegant, as you can see at the link showing furniture in this style for sale in our online store.

We met Jenni and Chris nearly 15 years ago when they wandered into our very first sales location outside of Newberry, SC. At that time they purchased a set of six sheepbone chairs, four of which they still use at their dining table, while two are perfect at the games table in the living room. I forgot to snap photos in those rooms when we made a delivery to the couple’s house, but here are some examples of sheepbone chairs (in French called Os de Mouton – ooh la la!) that we currently have for sale in the Gallery.

After so many years of enjoying their antique sheepbone chairs, Jenni and Chris decided to visit our current gallery on Main Street in Newberry in search of a piece of furniture to provide more storage in their foyer. After searching through our buildings, the delightful pair were drawn to two different Louis Philippe chest of drawers.

Antique French Louis Philippe chest in entryway for storage

Although it was a difficult choice, Jenni and Chris finally decided on the exquisite burled walnut chest dating from circa 1870, which so perfectly exemplifies the Louis Philippe style with its gorgeous burled walnut grain as decoration. The antique Louis Philippe chest makes a charming entryway piece and looks so inviting decorated with the family heirloom antique clock, a few blue and white pieces, and a pretty table lamp. You can even see a peep of those sheepbone chairs through the hallway in the dining room at the back of the photos. And I especially love the live green plants in the foyer too – proving Jenni and Chris have green thumbs in addition to excellent taste!

This is the outside of their house, which was a very welcoming sight when we delivered the antique chest of drawers.  In case you’re not familiar with the classic Louis Philippe style, I’ll share a little French furniture history with you.

King Louis Philippe (1830 – 1848) was related to the Royal Bourbon family through the brother of Louis XIV, and survived the French Revolution in 1789 by supporting the liberal factions in opposition to his relatives, the Royal family. Eventually the crown was passed to Louis Philippe, who took the title King of the French rather than the title King of France, which had been used by his former Bourbon relatives. Louis Philippe fashioned himself a King of the people, rather than of a state, and was called the Citizen King and bourgeois monarch. He ruled in an unpretentious manner and avoided the pomp and lavish spending of his predecessors.

This led to a radically different style of furniture and decorative arts than had been seen in the French court in the past. The Louis Philippe style focused on the natural beauty of the wood itself, using the patterns of the wood grain as the decorative element, and emphasizing simple, clean lines and curves. As machinery was just beginning to be used for mass production of furniture, manufacturers found this simple style easy to create for the rising middle class, who had considerable income to spend. Eventually, however, the fickle masses turned against their champion and revolted in 1848. Louis Philippe was forced to abdicate, the Bourbon monarchy of France came to an end, and the Second Empire of France began.

This is the other chest of drawers that Jenni and Chris considered but finally didn’t buy, so it’s still available in our online store at time of writing. It’s another great example of the Louis Philippe style.

Antique French Chest of Drawers Louis PhilippeThe burled walnut wood and marble top add great decorative interest to the antique Louis Philippe chest of drawers, which dates to 1870. It is accented by elegant gold tone drawer handles and locks and at just over 4 feet wide, the antique chest of drawers provides a very distinctive storage space for your favorite silk and cashmere scarves or for household items. The classical lines and high quality burled walnut and marble create a sense of timeless grace.

You can find this and other antique furniture in the Louis Philippe style here on our website.  We were very happy to see Chris and Jenni again and we look forward to helping them out next time they are furniture hunting!

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Client Spotlight: Antique French Louis XIII Dining Chairs

We have a lovely treat for you today, with photos of our antique French Louis XIII dining chairs in our customer Stephen’s home!

Antique French Louis XIII chairWe found a set of six fabulous antique French Renaissance Louis XIII style dining chairs on one of our recent buying trips in Europe. We guessed (rightly!) that if we bought them then we’d find a customer back in the USA who would love them too.

This is just one of the six chairs, and you can see the blue damask upholstery is a great way to add a dash of elegant color to a dining room.

The armless chairs are crafted with a walnut wood frame and they date to 1900.  They feature a lovely design of gently curved stretchers forming an X shape, accented by a majestic finial in the center of the X.  The strong shape beneath the seat is softened by the gentle blue upholstery.

Obviously Stephen B. in Cambridge, MD, agrees with us that these Louis XIII chairs are fit for a king, because he snapped up the whole set of six!

Traditional dining room with antique Louis XIII chairs

Stephen sent us some photos of the antique chairs in his dining room, and you can see how impressive they look! When I saw his emailed photo, I immediately said: “It’s like he picked the paint based on the chairs rather than the other way around!” Isn’t the color match between the walls and the chairs uncanny? Stephen obviously has an excellent eye for color and he chose well. Stephen commented: “Yes!!! The fabric matches the walls perfectly.”

Antique French Louis XIII chairs in dining room

This is another view of Stephen’s dining room. This room is so beautifully put together. The blue on the walls is a classic color that reminds us of some of the regal salons of Paris. Stephen said he found the other two dining chairs in an antique store in California and he also sleuthed out some terrific buffets for the room online. The chandelier is great too. Often people are nervous about having too large a chandelier over the table and they tend to err on the small side. Stephen went for it with this crystal extravaganza and it is perfect!

All in all, it’s a fabulous room and Stephen has an amazing eye for interior design.  Thank you Stephen for sharing these inspiring photos. We are so happy that you loved the antique Louis XIII chairs, and we think they look superb in your dining room. We wish Stephen many celebratory evenings with friends gathered around that table!

If Stephen’s photos inspire you to do a little shopping… you can browse our wide selection of beautiful antique French dining chairs at this link!

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Strong Curves in Furniture Trends

Strong curves in furniture were a key trend in both the 2019 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the last Las Vegas Winter Market, according to Houzz. The curves might be in a more traditional piece of furniture or in a modern and streamlined piece. Either way the strong curved shapes break up the hard edges of straight lines and angles and give a softer and more welcoming look.

Antique Art Nouveau Buffet SideboardLet’s take a look at some great examples of curvy furniture available in our online new and antique furniture store.

We recently found this gorgeous antique Art Nouveau server or sideboard in France and shipped it back to the USA to put in the store. Dating to 1900, the beautiful walnut wood Art Nouveau cabinet boasts curvy side rails in the flowing style typical of Art Nouveau, framing the many useful shelves.

This versatile piece is perfect as a dining room server, but you could also use it as a home bar or — thanks to the mirror back — even as a vanity in your bedroom.

Theodore Alexander Chest of DrawersThis Theodore Alexander bowfront chest of drawers features a bold curved front that creates a fabulous profile. The chest is based on original Louis XVI style furniture and it is crafted in burl with brass engraved panels. You can picture two of these flanking a doorway, window, or other architectural feature where the strong curve of the bowfront will create visual interest in a room otherwise full of straight lines.

La Rochelle settee

If you are looking for curves, you look to Rococo! The swirling Rococo style of furniture is full of seduction, as you can see from this newly crafted La Rochelle settee. The new settee is designed in the French Rococo style with a solid wood construction and black velvet upholstery. The eye immediately goes to the settee back with its curves and flourishes and intricate lace carving. The French cabriole legs also add a softness to the settee, which has an antique gold finish to add to the glamour and romance.

Curved Settee Handcrafted USAIf you are looking for something with a more contemporary silhouette, this new blue settee is hand-crafted in the USA with a wood frame and blue leather upholstery. The lines are clean and modern with a back that slopes down into curved arms.  This is a more architectural and tailored interpretation of the strong curves trend. If you wanted to keep the tailored feel, you would add a couple of square throw pillows, perhaps in a bold contrast color like red or black. To soften the look, a chunky knit cream throw draped over one side would add texture.

Dovetail Chaise Longue Mid ModFinally, this new Dovetail Furniture James chaise is even more spare in design, letting the curve of the chaise do all the talking! This chaise is a great choice for a Contemporary, Modern or Mid-Century Modern style space, and it is beautifully made and hand-finished. It is crafted with a chrome plated steel frame and hand-finished vintage look leather upholstery.

So… think outside the box! Whether you prefer minimalist structures or more flamboyant traditional styles, there is a piece of furniture with strong curves that will suit your interior design scheme and give a new twist to your decor.

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Antique Buffets in Today’s Homes

Antique buffets are increasingly popular for today’s homes, bought by people who want a unique and very useful piece of storage furniture. In addition to providing versatile storage and serving space, the antique buffets in our online store are beautifully handcrafted, often featuring ornate hand-carvings and elegant glass doors. We find our buffets in Europe — most of them are French — and hand-pick the best to ship them back to the USA. Our customers can’t get enough of these fabulous pieces! Here are some photos of antique buffets making a great impression in our customers’ homes.

Antique French Brittany Buffet with Jadeite Fire King

Debbie and Drew bought this antique French Brittany buffet from us and discovered it was the perfect choice for their kitchen as it was just the right size to fit with the lower ceilings in their space. Debbie found in our store a very beautiful antique Brittany buffet that is on the petite side so it fit exactly where she needed the buffet in her kitchen. As you can see, it was the ideal piece to display her Jadeite Fire King collection, made by Anchor Hocking in the 1940s.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

Natalya in California bought this delightfully pretty Henry II Renaissance style antique French buffet from us for her kitchen. Elaborate walnut carvings make a wonderful decorative statement in her kitchen.  The buffet dates to 1900 and as Natalya has three lively young sons running around, a big sturdy buffet like this is perfect for the kitchen. The storage space in the large buffet makes it as practical for Natalya’s family as it is beautiful.

repurposed Antique French Brittany Buffet

This is an antique French Brittany buffet that we delivered to our customer May in Pensacola Beach, Florida. Although the buffet dates to 1880, May wanted us to give it an update and alter it to accommodate a TV for viewing in her bedroom. So we asked a local restoration company to remove the central support between the left and center upper doors, and attach it to the end of the left door. They did a wonderful job and it is now a gorgeous TV cabinet for May. The front of the cabinet is hand-carved in traditional Brittany style with scenes of rural life and figures of a man and woman acting as support columns.

antique French Louis XV Buffet

Many of our customers buy an antique buffet from us for their dining rooms. This is the perfect place for it as it stores all your serving dishes, stemware and silverware, and also provides extra serving space when you are entertaining. For example, Paul and Lane selected this antique Louis XV Buffet from Liege, Belgium, from us for their handsome dining room.

antique French dining chairs Renaissance

Lenore and John bought this super antique French Henry II buffet in the Hunting style from us for their recently purchased cottage in North Carolina. The cottage is more than 100 years old so it makes sense to furnish it with antiques too! A carved scene of a hunter and stag on the upper cabinet makes this buffet a work of art as well as a beautiful piece of furniture. The two lower cabinet doors are carved with mythical, dragon-like creatures which add yet more character to this charming cottage. The vintage French chairs are also from our store.

Then Lenore found another buffet she loved, and she decided to get creative with it for her bedroom! Louis XVI antique sideboard bedroom

The pretty Louis XVI buffet is carved in oak wood with delightful ribbons, floral designs and coats of arms. Crafted in France in 1930, the buffet also features mirrored doors and open display shelves that made it the perfect choice to be repurposed as a bedroom dresser.  There is so much space to tuck away your jewels and silk scarves and other favorite pieces of clothing!

If you want to browse our antique buffets in our store, we are sure you will find plenty of inspiration for your own home. Remember that shipping is always free in the continental US and some parts of Canada, so you can afford to indulge yourself with one of these unique pieces of furniture that are as useful as they are handsome!

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Religious Treasures: Antique French Prie-Dieu Prayer Chairs

As we approach Easter week, we often have more inquiries about the antique religious treasures in our online store. During this Holy Week, I wanted to shine a special spotlight on antique French prayer chairs, also called a prie-dieu in French.Antique French Prie-Dieu for sale at EuroLuxHome.com

These exceptional pieces of furniture are not only beautiful in design, but they are created purely for the purpose of prayer and devotion. Prie-dieu literally means “Pray god” and people use it as a knee rest in their prayers and as a support for prayer books.

This superb antique French prie-dieu currently on sale in our online store is a wonderful example.  It is finely crafted in cherry wood and upholstered with green velvet and it dates to about 1890. Notice the decorative shell on the back of the chair and the turned spindle posts.

When we find a prie-dieu while on our buying trips in France, we know that these pieces have been treasured for many years, often for much more than a century. It is touching to to imagine how many devout worshippers have paid their religious devotions and dedicated their prayers while supported by these chairs.

Here is another example of a prayer chair, which we found during one of our antiques buying trips. Although prayer chairs were most often for private devotional use at home, some would also be found in churches, like this one that we discovered for sale at a church in Normandy.

antique French Prie Dieu

The chair dated to 1890. It was a bit sad and sorry for itself, but the carvings in the oak wood were lovely and in good shape.

Prie-dieu antique French

So we brought it home and had it reupholstered in red velvet, to keep the overall look of the prayer chair as close as possible to the original upholstery.  Isn’t it gorgeous? Our customers thought so, and we quickly got a lot of inquiries and it was snapped up.

The prie-dieu was given its name around the early 17th century although the item of furniture was used long before that. You might sometimes have seen a prie-dieu used at a church wedding, where it is provided for the elaborately bedecked bride and her groom to kneel on during the service!

The prayer chairs above are quite ornate in their carvings and design, but here’s another example with a simpler but no less lovely design.

Vintage French Prayer Chair

This vintage French prie-dieu is still currently available in our online store at the time of writing, and it is crafted in walnut wood and boasts a rattan seat. It dates to about 1930, which explains the lighter and more streamlined silhouette, reflecting the tastes of the modern era around the Art Deco period.

If you’ve enjoyed our exploration into the prie-dieu, then you might also enjoy reading my blog post about other kinds of Antique Religious Treasures. You can also browse the vintage and antique French prayer chairs in our online store.

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What is the Louis XV Style of Antique Furniture?

The Louis XV style of antique furniture is a romantic and lavishly decorative style of furniture that emerged in the reign of Louis XV, also known as Louis Quinze in French. The style is forever popular and for a very good reason.  It is beautiful and ornate but light in spirit and in form. This style is all about the curve! Sensuous lines and intricate carvings create an impressive decorative effect, but they are not so overwhelming in scale or opulence that they overwhelm any space smaller than a palace!

Vintage Louis XV chestThese looks can easily translate to our homes today, whether you decorate an entire house or room in Louis XV style, or simply add a few antique pieces to bestow a romantic and feminine touch on a more eclectic design scheme. For example, the above bedroom at a customer’s home in Sarasota includes a vintage Louis XV vanity chest of drawers that they bought from us, which gives a very pretty look. You can read more about the Louis XV Vanity Chest of Drawers in this Client Spotlight blog post.

French Antique Buffet 1890

This lavish look rose to popularity in the 1700s, and it was also influenced by the king’s favorite mistress Madame du Pompadour. During this Golden Age of decorative style in France, the new look was attractive to the king’s court.

Typical features of this French Rococo Louis XV style include ornate carvings including shells and wavy or watery shapes that look almost like frills. The shell is probably one of the most famous motifs of this period, often seen crowning a buffet or a bed headboard or on a chair rail. Read my Antique French Louis XV Buffet Client Spotlight to see more about this stunning 1890 beauty pictured left, which we found in France at the request of a customer in California.

Flowing scroll shapes and flourishes often look like the letters S and C.   Carved Acanthus leaves are also common as well as birds, flowers and fruit. The carvings on Louis XV furniture were often asymmetric, which was refreshingly new in this period of design.

Louis XV Vintage French Rococo Chairs Curves are again important in the S-shaping of cabriole legs on chairs and tables. (You’ve got to love the cabriole legs on this set of vintage French Louis XV dining chairs!) Chair backs were often shaped like a cartouche, which is basically a rounded oval, topped with carvings.

A greater emphasis on comfort in this era led to seat backs being very slightly angled, allowing the user to relax back, rather than having to sit bolt upright! Antique Louis XV style furniture invites people to relax and chat in comfort.

Convex curved shaping on the front of sideboards, cabinets and consoles added to the wavy sensuality, and this new innovation became known as the bombe shape. Marquetry, gilding, lacquering inspired by Chinoiserie, and other painted finishes added to the ornamental appeal.

Louis XV Bed in this French Country style guest bedroom. EuroLuxAntiques.com

if you want to see more Louis XV furniture in our customer’s home,  check out this Client Spotlight about a Louis XV antique bedroom suite that Sandy and Brent bought from us for the guest room in their home in Alabama, including an armoire, full-size bed, marble-topped vanity, and nightstand. It looks fabulous and gives the guest room a cohesive and charming look.

We hope that this gives you an idea of the Louis XV style of antique furniture. If this romantic look has seduced you, as it does so many others, then check out our Louis XV antique, vintage and new furniture for sale on our website.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.