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A French 19th century Louis XIV st. Brèche Violette marble fireplace mantel with all original ormolu mounts

List: $348,500.00

A French 19th century Louis XIV st. Brèche Violette marble fireplace mantel with all original ormolu mounts

List: $348,500.00

A spectacular and most impressive French 19th century Louis XIV st. Brèche Violette marble fireplace mantel with all original ormolu mounts. This fireplace mantel is made in the manner of the Hercules drawing room mantel in the Palace of Versailles.... — Read More

  • Item # 11044
  • H: 56.75 in L: 83.75 in D: 21.25 in

    H: 144 cm L: 213 cm D: 54 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Marble/Stone, Ormolu
  • Belle Époque Read More, Louis XIV st. Read More
  • (Belle Époque) - Gaining its name from the optimistic and peaceful period of time between 1871 and World War I, Belle Epoque means “beautiful period”, and occurred during the era of the Third French Republic. This period of economic, colonial, and scientific prosperity brought with it a flourishing artistic climate with numerous literal, musical, theatrical, and visual masterpieces being created. The Eiffel Tower, which was constructed between 1887 and 1889, served as the entrance to the World’s Fair held in Paris. That same year, the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris was founded and showcased the now more mainstream styles of performance including can-can dancing. Belle Epoque dancers and singers were Paris celebrities and became immortalized by the poster arts of Toulouse-Lautrec. Leading up to this period in 1865, the American Civil War was coming to a close, with France proposing to construct the Statue of Liberty as a joint effort with the United States. France would be responsible for the statue, with America constructing the pedestal. Created to celebrate the nation’s success in building a viable democracy, the statue would stand as a symbol of friendship between the French and American people.
    (Louis XIV st.) - Louis XIV style, also known as French Classicism, was thought of and intended to glorify the Sun King and his reign via the majesty and harmony of its style. Louis XIV's style consisted of three different time periods with French Classicism being the first and under the control of regent Anne of Austria. The second period was under the personal rule of the King and became more classical, ostentatious, and victorious, culminating in the building of the Chateau of Versailles. Later in the second phase of King Louis XIV’s reign, came the invention of marquetry which changed French furniture with the decoration of different colors and woods. Most famous for his creations during this period is André Charles Boulle.
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