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Louis Philippe Table
Louis Philippe Table
Louis Philippe Table

The Louis-Philippe style phase


Second Rococo antiques are also commonly referred to as Louis-Philippe furniture or Late Biedermeier furniture. These designations are not incorrect, because the styles develop in parallel, build on each other and intermingle.

Louis-Philippe furniture

In the Louis-Philippe style phase, the elements of Biedermeier are still evident, but they are supplemented by carvings in the cornice, turned columns and curved frames. In this way, the clear structures of the 1810s-1830s are dissolved and - oriented towards the 18th century - a return is made to the splendid and opulent.

[...]In terms of quality, however, this furniture, which was made for the bourgeoisie, rarely keeps up with its 18th century models. What is done in gold in the 18th century does not occur in this way in the bourgeois Louis-Philippe. Even the expensive bronze fittings are usually replaced by much cheaper brass and elaborate inlay work is often left out. This and a general reduction in form make Louis-Philippe furniture affordable. [...] (Source: Rainer Haaff - Oak Furniture)

The Louis-Philippe is characterised by a calmly moving basic form with stylistic features such as volutes, oval shapes, mirrored veneers, lathe work and crowning rocaille carving.

Similar to the Biedermeier style, the woods frequently used are cherry, walnut, ash, birch and mahogany. Some of the woods are used solid, but more often they are applied as veneer to softwood.


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