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Antique French Furniture is mainly in cherry wood or oak. From armoires, beds, tables and chairs, fine pieces can add elegance to your home. Many styles are from the periods of Louis, Henri II, Breton and Louis Philippe and can be Shabby Chic or fine finished using a wax finish. French furnishings can be a beautiful addition to your home and there are many of beautiful pieces for sale.
Very early pieces from the period of Louis XII was very simple in design but with some Gothic influences and was called Renaissance. Henri II furniture was the start of more decorative features such as columns, leafy and floral carving and carved creatures from old tales being introduced into the furniture design. Most pieces from this period were made from timber such as oak and walnut.
The next period was Louis XIII with influences from Dutch Baroque with features such as barley twists timber used such as ebony, also the use of metal on hinges, handles and other fittings. After this period many well-known pieces appeared like the Commode, writing tables and chests of drawers. Tables began to be more intricately carved with baluster turnings and the claw feet carved from fruit woods, walnut or ebony. In the early 1700s more unique features appeared such as gilding and inlays such as tortoiseshell and mother of pearl. More curving and shapes appeared, with more well-known pieces being built like bureaux, chiffoniers, games tables, ornate dressing tables and upholstered or bergere chairs. Ornate marquetry inlay appeared in many pieces and cherry was very often used in country examples. Some of the inlays portrayed musical instruments, shells and flower scenes. In the late 18th century was Louis XVI furniture with influences from old or known as Neo Classical style. More simple but with decoration such as columns, motifs and urns. More pieces began to be painted in vivid colours and with beautiful scenes.
The next stage was Empire furniture, from the early 19th century, very often polished to a darker sheen, but with the use of bronze and Marble used in decoration. Louise Philippe styles were more rounded and earlier styles were copied in Mahogany and rosewood but made more decorative for the modern tastes.
After this period French antique furniture became very heavily carved with all styles mixed into the cabinets and was quite heavily produced, this is the most common pieces you see on the market for sale today.