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By Albert Jacquemart

From the center a long time to modern occasions, ornamental artwork should be defi ned by way of the creative fabrics, designs and gadgets utilized in either structure and inside layout. just like many paintings kinds ornamental artwork maintains to adapt, originating with items so simple as a chair, famous for its application, to in basic terms decorative items, celebrated for his or her aesthetic good looks. ornamental artwork goals to eulogize those often  Read more...

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The reign of Louis XIV may in fact be termed the triumph of gilded wood. Consoles covered with rare marbles or Florentine mosaics, tables with granite and porphyry slabs were constructed with massive columns with carved fronts on which suns, laurels, and different symbols stood out from backgrounds chequered in rosettes; cross-sections in the foliage were raised in volutes bearing elegant vases. The same arrangements are seen in the legs of the seats, vast arm-chairs with high backs and curved, extended arms, immense couches covered with velvet, floral tapestries, or silks figured in harmoniously assorted colours.

Their main purpose, though, was to prepare the way for the false, stiff style which, through the instigation of David and aided by stiff palmettes and meagre foliage, constituted the Greek art of the first empire. Where, then, can we find the true character of the Louis XVI’s style? In our opinion it is in those works which, being freed from all exaggeration of contour and redundancy of accessories, perfectly represent the French taste of the 18th century; that is, aristocratic elegance and grace without affectation.

6 cm. Diocese of Rodez. Boulle furniture was best adapted for the huge saloons and state apartments required in the reign of Louis XIV. Those large inlaid console tables admirably filled the spaces between the windows and were laden with silver and gold vases, goldrimmed jasper and porphyry, and chased garlands reflected by innumerable mirrors. As for real furniture which would be useful in one’s private life, it was most rare. We encounter tables, desks and even coin boxes in small number; a commode exists in Sir Richard Wallace’s collection, but it is so far from meriting its name, its details are so heavy that we feel the desire to display it revealed beneath this concession made to ordinary furniture.

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