|mirror, commode, bureau, table, casket and "stand" in
Louis XIV style furniture
Louis XIV, Le
Roy Soleil, ruled France for 72 years until he died in 1715. It was the
longest reign of any French or other major European monarch. He was
born in 1638.
Louis XIV is a French furniture style of rounded forms and curved
lines. Baroque furniture is associated with Louis XIV.
The construction, during his reign, of The Chateau de Versailles is one
of the largest and most extravagant monuments in Europe.
Masks, heads of sphinxes and satyrs were all included among the
fashionable motifs modeled in gilded bronze.
Among the principal woods used in Louis XIV furniture where ebony,
Various woods such as almond,
wood where employed in marquetry work.
Richly carved chairs, canapes and tables, with scrolled legs, where
generally made more brilliant by gilding.