The Restoration style


Following the Empire, the Restoration (1815-1830) prolongs the Neoclassical taste while clearing the decorative arts of imperial emblems and rigidity. This style opposes delicacy and suppleness to the ostentation and rigidity of the Directoire. Charles X especially promotes continuity with the forms of the Ancien Regime.

Turned in this way towards the past, the Restoration style brings back to the taste of the day motifs of the Louis XVI style, but also Gothic and Renaissance forms. Within this wide variety of shapes, the S-shaped doucine, the diamond, the palmettes, are often encountered. The fine inlaid patterns on light woods, reminiscent of the Regency, are also in vogue.

The Duchesse de Berry, a great patron of the Restoration, is also an amateur of the Troubadour taste that rises under Charles X. The Neo-Gothic style, destined to endure until the end of the century, knows its first pieces of anthology such as the Gothic Cabinet of the Countess of Osmond.

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