Louis Seize

Louis Seize Furniture

The Louis XVI. style was a return to classical principles. While Louis XV. was all curves, Louis XVI. was characterized by straight lines and simplicity n construction and is easily distinguished from the former for that reason. To the refined taste of Queen Marie Antoinette is given a great deal of credit for the existence of this style. It was also greatly influenced by the discoveries of antique classic ornament at Herculaneum and Pompeii. The straight leg was nearly always used turned,...

Renaissance In France

Renaissance Chair

The French Renaissance period began during the reign of Frances I. and ran about one hundred years, ending with the formal work of Louis XIV. It followed along lines of the Italian Renaissance but was coarser and heavier in ornamental detail. Much of the work was done by Italian designers, but still it became imbued with the French Spirit and developed strong characteristics of its own. By this time the Renaissance movement had developed furi.iture to where special study was given this branch...

Renaissance In Italy

Renaissance Era Furniture Faces Dresser

The Renaissance st gt le originated in Italy about 1143 to 1564 and reached a degree of excellence that has never been equalled elsewhere. It was a revolt from the stiff, formal arrangement of the Gothic and the return of classic principles. Great artists worked during the Renaissance period in Italy such men as Titan, Raphael, Palladio and Michael Angelo being identified with the movement. Workman from Italy went to France, England and other countries, and the style spread all over Ebrope with...

Elizabethan

Furniture Period Elizabethan

Queen Elizabeth was the last sovereign of the House of Tudor and the architecture and furniture made during her reign is known as Elizabethan. The Renaissance movement was gradually making a change in the furniture of England. The workmen brought over from Italy, where the new style had made its greatest progress, were imitated by the native artisans, but not with the skill and delicacy' of ornament tnat characterized the Italian work. However, they developed a sturdy, substantial style that...

Ancient Roman Furniture

Furnitures Ornaments Styles

The Roman National Art was developed largely under the guidance of Greek teachers and, consequently, has many similar features, but their work in the Classic Art was much more highly ornamented than the Greek style. They established the round arch and brought architecture to a high state of development. They adopted the Greek orders, Doric, Ionic, and Cor'-ithian, and added one of their own, cal ed Composite. Many specimens of Roman Classic Art were found when the buried cities of Pompeii and...

Islam Or Moorish

Moorish Arches

When the Moslem power spread abroad, a new style followed, known as Islam or Moorish. The Moslem religior prohibited the use of human or animal forms in paintings or decorations, so their art was confined to geometric and vegetable ornament. They were very skillful in artistic interlacing and interweaving of araliesque and geometrical ornament and the use of rich and vivid coloring. Their use of the horseshoe and ogee arch was another characteristic feature of the period. Their work was...

Early English Renaissance Tudor

Furniture English Renaissance

The early Renaissance in England was a mixture of classic and Gothic detail crudely drawn and developed into what is known as the Tudor style under the first four Sovereigns of the House of Tudor, but. more especially Henry VIII. He gave encouragement to the revival and brought Italian artists and artisans to England, who left work that had its influence on the English designer. As in the Gothic days, furniture still closely followed architecture and was st'll hea y, cumbersome and...