Charles X

The Charles X period of French decorative arts refers to the period of French history between 1824 and 1830, during the reign of King Charles X. This period saw a continuation of the neoclassical style that had been popular during the reigns of Louis XVI and Napoleon, but with an added emphasis on luxury and richness of materials.

In furniture, the period saw the continued use of classical motifs such as columns, pilasters, and cornices, but with a greater emphasis on ornamentation and decoration. Exotic woods such as mahogany, rosewood, and ebony were commonly used, often inlaid with contrasting materials like brass, ivory, or mother-of-pearl.

In textiles, the Charles X period saw the development of new techniques such as roller printing, which allowed for the production of intricate and colorful patterns on fabric. Velvet, silk, and wool were all popular materials, and designs often featured scrolling foliage, floral motifs, and exotic animals.

Overall, the Charles X period of French decorative arts was characterized by a sense of opulence and extravagance, with an emphasis on luxury materials, intricate decoration, and classical motifs.


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