Louis XVI and French Provincial Decorative Arts

Louis XVI Decorative Art:
Accessories and decorative arts reflect the classical in form and designs, particularly vases and clocks. Figures in classical dress are common motifs. Design and workmanship are unsurpassed. Although shapes for porcelains become severe and lines simple, decoration is sumptuous with classical landscapes and/or figures and heavy gilding. Straight sides and rectangular handles distinguish Neoclassical porcelains. Pieces are heavier and more solemn in feeling than Rococo pieces.

French Provincial Decorative Art:
Wall and buffet shelves often display local pottery, brass, or pewter. Dining rooms often feature lavabos or wall fountains. Tall case clocks become popular in the 18th century.

Here are some examples of Decorative Art from Louis XVI and French Provincial:



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