French Renaissance Furniture

Furniture is not just a “thing” to sit on anymore. We come to the French Renaissance and they enjoy furniture so much they open two schools of furniture design. One in Burgandy, France focused on carving in high relief figures and featuring fantastic beasts. The second school in Paris, France focused on figures and motifs in low relief (which actually became the more popular style).

Distinctive Features: legs may have columns, baluster, or spirals and are usually connected with stretchers. Feet of furniture is either ball shaped or bun shaped. Low and high reliefs highlight most pieces.

Below are some examples of French Renaissance furniture: 1. the caquetoire chair (also known as the gossip chair) 2. a bed 3. a cabinet 4. a dresser 5. a table illustration

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