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French Antiques sold by Antique dealers.

If you happen to be a connoisseur or a collector, a fine art lover, or just keen to visit, Fadparis has selected for you a range of furniture and art works among the ones presented by the sellers.

Are you looking for a XVIIIth Century special piece of furniture or a chandelier? Or perhaps a XIXth Century painting, a bronze, a decoration item? You will find here exquisite antiques.

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Old furniture with 12 drawers

Old furniture with 12 drawers

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Old furniture with 18 drawers

Old furniture with 18 drawers

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Industrial piece of furniture cloakroom in oak bank of france

Industrial piece of furniture cloakroom in oak bank of france

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Old furniture loakroom metal with 4 doors and shelf

Old furniture loakroom metal with 4 doors and shelf

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Antique Furniture Styles


Louis XV style furniture

Louis XV style furniture

Louis XV, king of France from 1715 to 1774, inspired a lightened style compared to Louis XIV style owing to a major progress in seat fabrication: the perfect mastership of wood assemblage and resistance, which spared the use of stretchers, made the structure lighter, and dared curved legs. The curved legs, called "cabriole legs", are slender and graceful. This new style, chacteristic of chairs had an influence on furniture and ornaments.

With curved shapes and forms Louis XV style is considered feminine: light and sometimes asymmetrical furniture combining elegance and comfort. The desire for intimacy and comfort involved the use of soft colors: pink, cream, pastel for woodwork and upholstery.

Louis XV furniture are adorned with chiselled ormolu motifs. Rococo decorative elements are inspired by aquatic life: rocaille, foliage, acantha leaves, rush and cockleshells.

Lacquered panels and marquetry represent bouquets of flowers or musical instruments. A whole range of woods are used with glistening colors: rose, violet wood, palisander, box-tree, pear, plum. Frameworks are in oak.

Chairs are in hardwood: walnut, cherry, mahogany. They are painted or thoroughly gilded, covered with flower painted silk or caned. The belt becomes curved, horizontally and vertically. It is the beginning of the violin-back and cabriole-back chairs

Louis XIV style furniture

Louis XIV style furniture

Louis XIV, king of France from 1643 to 1715, wanted furniture to bear the mark of his reign. Therefore furniture from that time, with overemphasised decorum and sophisticated woodwork, still stands as a marvel to the world's eyes.

Louis XIV style is a search for grandiose through perfect symmetry, use of gilded wood, luxurious brass, tin or tortoise shell marquetry, ciseled and gilded bronzes. Abundance is symbolised in rich ornaments by fruit and flower garlands.

Marquetry and harwood cabinets are ornamented with gilded bronze. In Louis XIV's time frameworks are usually in pinewood.

Console tables, pierglasses and chairs are in carved and gilded wood.

Gilded bronze or wood pendant lights are adorned with tassels. Chandeliers and hanging wall clocks are in gilded bronze. Lanterns and sconces are in wood or gilded bronze.

Tables have a marble or a colored stone marquetry top, supported by carved heavy legs. Table and seat legs often end in a lion's paw. Chairs are large and still have H or X stretchers, their legs and arms are scrolled.


Antique style furniture

Antique furniture from the XVIIth and XVIIIth century are of great value today. But many antiques do not date back from the time of their style: made fifty or a hundred years later, they are beautiful masterpieces, but as antiques they are less valuable. This subtlety is to be known.