Louis XV

The Louis XV period of French decorative arts was a period of great artistic achievement and opulence that spanned from approximately 1723 to 1774 during the reign of King Louis XV of France. This period is also sometimes referred to as the Rococo period.

During this time, the decorative arts in France reached new heights of sophistication and refinement. The style was characterised by intricate ornamentation, asymmetrical shapes, and the use of naturalistic motifs such as shells, flowers, and leaves. Furniture, interior design, and other decorative objects were created using expensive materials such as marble, gilt bronze, and exotic woods.

The Louis XV period was marked by the work of talented artists and craftsmen, including furniture makers like Jean-Francois Oeben and Charles Cressent, as well as painters like Francois Boucher and Jean-Honore Fragonard. This period also saw the development of new techniques such as porcelain production at the Sevres factory and the creation of intricate tapestries at the Gobelins Manufactory.

Overall, the Louis XV period of French decorative arts was a time of great innovation, creativity, and luxury in the arts. Its influence can still be seen in many of the decorative arts styles that followed, including the Louis XVI and Empire styles.


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