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A French 19th century Louis XV st. Napoleon III period tortoiseshell, ormolu and brass inlaid desk, signed Caillaux

List: $185,000.00

A French 19th century Louis XV st. Napoleon III period tortoiseshell, ormolu and brass inlaid desk, signed Caillaux

List: $185,000.00

A stunning and extremely high quality French 19th century Louis XV st. Napoleon III period tortoiseshell, ormolu, and brass inlaid desk, signed Caillaux. The most impressive desk is raised by elegant cabriole legs with fine fitted ormolu foliate sabots and... — Read More

  • Item # 11061
  • H: 32.5 in L: 51.5 in D: 31.25 in

    H: 83 cm L: 131 cm D: 79 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Boulle, Brass, Ormolu, Tortoiseshell
  • Louis XV st. Read More, Napoleon III Period Read More
  • (Louis XV st.) - Also known as Louis Quinze or Rocaille, this style followed the traditions of French décor, until it took on a life and look of its own with decorations and motifs becoming more exuberant. The style was heavily influenced by the mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, and marked the beginning of the Rococo movement. In his old age, from 1750 – 1774, Louis XV showed more signs of constraint in his design style and this period showed more signs of French Neoclassicism.
    (Napoleon III Period) - Also known as 2nd Empire style, this highly eclectic style used many elements from various historical periods and revolutionized the use of more contemporary materials while focusing on comfort and functionality. Chairs and settees were ornately upholstered with the use of tassels, fringe, and opulent fabrics. Throughout this time the mechanics of chairs would be entirely concealed by upholstery and decorative elements, like the Crapaud armchair. Upholstered ottomans appeared with the creation of furniture like “le confident” or the two-person chair. Black Lacquer, Polychrome, and rattan were being used for the first time in European furniture.
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