Elegance, beauty, sophistication and charm are but a few of the words that are associated when we talk about French furniture.
French furniture includes some of the most sophisticated furniture that has ever been produced, from exquisite Baroque furniture to the elegant Rococo furniture. Every piece features strong history within the design and some of the most prominent and luxurious hand carved detailing’s around.
The reign of the French king Louis XIV was characterised by the Baroque style. The Versailles Palace and the Louvre were decorated in a strong, dramatic and exuberant style echoing the king’s strong leadership in a period of war and colonial empire building. The French classical Baroque style was grand and impressive, a symbol of power.
If we look at Rococo The name ‘rococo’ is generally accepted as being a combination of the French word ‘rocaille’ (meaning stone) and ‘coquilles’ (meaning shell) due to the reliance on these items as decorative motifs. It may also be derived from the Italian word ‘barocco’ (meaning Baroque) as it is not dissimilar from the popular Baroque style furniture which preceded it. Characterised by delicate, curved outlines, rock and scallop shell decorations and with asymmetrical details Rococo differs from Baroque which leaned more towards symmetrical details. Rococo furniture is often seen as being in harmony with the excesses seen during the reign of Louis XV. During this period furniture became more ornately decorated and extravagant with wood being painted, enamelled, gilded and carved.
Another one of the more prominent French furniture collections is the luxurious La Rochelle range, every aspect hand carved from long lasting high quality mahogany, and completed in a stunning antique white finish. As one of the most popular and sought after ranges, the La Rochelle collection ensures elegance and the utmost quality, displaying smooth curves with intricate ornate design allowing you to achieve that perfect French boudoir feel.
The nineteenth century in England was the Victorian era, represented by heavily ornamented carved mahogany or oak furniture with brass details. Bedroom furniture in ornate and simplistic designs filled many of the Victorian homes, favouring a more formal style of furniture than the previous collections above.
All of the above furniture ranges are available online at Homesdirect365, with a wide selection of antique French and shabby chic furniture, we are sure to have that perfect item to accentuate fantastic style and elegance in your wonderful home.
At Homesdirect365 we understand the importance of your home; the foundation from which a fulfilled life can take place. With this understanding we want to enhance the appearance of your home with nothing but the highest quality hand carved pieces. The history behind many of the items you will see on our website stretch back centuries, they take inspiration from love, art and nature and come from the heart of some of the most romantic and creative places on Earth.
From the Golden Age of French furniture to art-deco inspired Venetian mirrored furniture we feel there couldn’t be a better selection of items available that represents the beauty of antique furniture and what we love about it.
Whatever you’re historical preference, Homesdirect365 will have the perfect piece to suit everyone’s preference.