Louis XV Furniture

Louis XV - 1723-1774

Louis XV Furniture takes us into the fully fledged Rococo period (ca.1730-1770).

The curves became stronger the ornamentation more prolific. Foliage, flowers and scallop shells are all the rage.

Louis XV furniture parts Louis XV Commodes Louis XV commode Louis XV small tables

Commodes were most popular and becoming smaller. Corner cupboards were mostly in pairs.

Consol tables, small tables for writing and dressing were abundant.

Sofas and chairs became more comfortable and the Ladies enjoyed receiving their guests while lounging in the 'Chaise-longue'.

Louis XV side tables Louis XV chairs Louis XV Sofas Louis XV settee

Beautiful exotic woods were used in Rococo furniture including satinwood, rosewood, tulipwood, amaranth along with mahogany, cherry and plum. Marquetry work became complex and colourful with pictorial designs of musical instruments, flowers, shells and Chinese scenes which were exceedingly popular. 

Louis XV Secretaire Louis XV Beds Louis XV Bureau Louis XV Desks

Some of the Cabinet Makers of Louis Fifteenth furniture

Cabinet Makers and ébénistes of note were Charles Cressent, Jean- Francois Oeben, Jean-Henri Riesener, Francois Leleu, Jaques Caffieri, Juste Auréle Meissonier, J.B. Oudry and G. M. Oppenord.

The last pictures show various examples of the styles of antique french furniture and decoration of this period.

Furniture styles of Louis XV Louis XV styles Louis XV designs Styles of Louis XV