The Louis XV style evolved from the Regence style and freed furniture's lines and forms. This period invented an ornamental repertoire that was completely innovative and original : the Rococo style. It was based on very curved and sinuous lines, asymmetry being the guiding principle of this period. In rich interior decoration, vivid colors, mirrors and large white ceilings decorated with a central rosette, were popularly used.
From 1730 to 1750, this style flourished in the Parisian interiors, and was gradually replaced by the Louis XVI style. The style in beetween is called « Transition ».
The painter François Boucher and the mistress of Louis XV, the Marquise de Pompadour became the symbol of this new style, where gallantry prevailed over grandiose.
Later on, during the eclecticism of the 19th century. The Louis XV style became fashionable once more. Numerous cabinet-maker and artists, such as François LINKE (1855-1946), made beautiful works of art inspired by this ornamental repertoire.
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