The Louis XIV period of French decorative arts, also known as the “Grand Siècle” or the “Age of Louis XIV,” refers to the period of art and design in France during the reign of King Louis XIV, which lasted from 1643 to 1715. During this time, France became the leading center of art and culture in Europe, and the arts of painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts flourished.
In the realm of decorative arts, the period was characterised by a grand, opulent style known as “Louis Quatorze” or “Baroque.” This style was marked by a focus on symmetry, order, and grandeur, and featured ornate and highly decorative designs, often incorporating lavish materials such as gold, silver, and precious stones. The period is also known for the development of new decorative arts techniques, including the creation of new styles of furniture, tapestries, and porcelain.
Some of the most famous artists and designers of the Louis XIV period include Charles Le Brun, Antoine Coysevox, André-Charles Boulle, and Jean-Baptiste Lully. The legacy of the Louis XIV period can still be seen in many of the grand buildings, palaces, and museums of France, as well as in the continued popularity of French decorative arts around the world.
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