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Part 2 Louis XV 2 Create the French Provincial Style understand the Louis’

When the duc d’Orleans became regent in France for the young Louis XV in 1715 the formal Baroque style of the former era was gradually replaced with firstly the Transitional Regence and then the less formal playful Rococo style.

Rococo stylized shells, foliage, fish asymmetrical

Rococo as a term was given at a later date to describe the use of shells and stones used with stylized foliage, fish, and scrolls and curved asymmetrical lines of the era. Although at the time the style was considered a bit over the top and lacking in taste it is probably one of the most enduring of styles and very influential.

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Timber parquet, herringbone floors

Rococo rooms were well proportioned using oval and octagonal shapes and pastel colors. The floors were timber laid in parquet or herringbone patterns, tiles or terra cotta was also used. Floral curvilinear patterned Savonnerie or Aubusson rugs were also used on the floor.

Boiserie, colorful Chinoiserie wallpaper, gilding, Arabesque S and C curves 

Walls were usually (boiserie) ivory or pale painted rectangular panels with low relief gilded carving of foliage. At a later stage scenic and colorful Chinoiserie wallpaper became popular. The Rococo style used more gilding than any other French style. S and C curves were used to create shells and trailing ribbon designs. Arabesque patterns were used on cornices.

Floral and foliage patterned curtains in pastel colors, girandoles, large mirrors

Window treatments were curtains in floral and foliage patterns in pastel colors. Soft blue, pale yellows and sea blue and green hues were the most used colors. The curtains were topped with pelmet like cornices. Crystal chandeliers, girandoles and wall scones provided lighting. Very large framed mirrors were placed above the chimney mantle and often placed between floor length windows above console tables.

Gilded clocks, cherub candle sticks, Sevres porcelain, Chinese ceramics 

Gilded mantle clocks, gilt bronzed cherub candle sticks, Sevres porcelain vases and Chinese ceramics decorated the rooms. The rococo decoration was used to the point of the ornament taking over the form of the object.

Furniture light weight, cabriole legs, scroll feet, rich fabrics overstuffed upholstery

The furniture of the era was graceful and rounded. Cabriole legs on small scroll feet carried the weight of the furniture pieces. There were a variety of sofas and chairs known as marquise, canapé, corbeille, veilleuse and duchesse. The upholstery was made up of overstuffed cushions in rich fabrics. The sofas and chairs were light enough to be moved easily around the room.

Mahogany, marquetry, porcelain plaques, ormolu, Chinese lacquer

Chairs were mostly painted. Other pieces of furniture were made with decorative veneers of mahogany, rosewood, cherry, pear or ebony. Floral marquetry, inlaid porcelain plaques, Chinese lacquer, Ormolu or gilt mounts were used for decoration. The commode of the era was curvilinear, with wave like fronts and short curved legs.


Soft blue, pale yellow, sea blues and green hues

So there you have it an outline of the Louis XV style to help you create rooms in the French provincial style. I have added this link http://youtu.be/VQ7RwrPAyV8  a video by Christophe Living Understanding Louis XV and XVI. 


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