French Furniture

The reign of Louis XIV created a revolution in itself within the art world.  The building of Versailles, designed to bring the aristocracy of France under the King’s control at Court, led to the arts flourishing and furniture and decorative arts being designed and created to impress.  Marie-Antoinette spent much more on her furniture than she did on her paintings, contrary to today’s fashion.   Unlike English furniture, French furniture was principally designed as a work of art rather than a practical piece of furniture, leading to some of the most sensational and breath-taking pieces being created.