French Styled Commodes

Elaborate ChestsBombe chests gained popularity in the French Regency period. After Louis XIV died in 1715, his five year old great grandson was crowned the king of France.   At the time, Louis XV was too young to rule, so Phillipe d’Orleans, the nephew of the late Louis XIV, was named regent and ruled in his place.  During this time, French furniture-makers created newer styles distinctively different from the Louis XIV classical forms.  Shapes became more bowed and round.  The signature style through this time was the bombe commode.  This chest had curves, and reminded them of the voluptuous curves of an elegant lady.

Often times these bombe chests were lacquered with chinoiserie decoration, or inlaid with exquisite woods.  Chinese art was very popular through this time as trade with the orient became something new and fresh.  Chinoiserie painted designs were very ornate and detailed which fit right in with the french style of that day.  Bombe chests became crucial to the decor of every upscale home.  When Louis XV ascended the throne, the curvaceous and opulent bombe chest was quite popular. Highly favored by Louis XV and his famous mistress, Madame de Pompadour, the bombe chest became all the rage in 1750’s Paris.

A single distinctive piece, like this Louis XVI-style chest From Charles-Emile Moinat with ornate hardware, can add just a touch of drama to a neutral room.

18th C. French Cabinet with Wonderful Detailing From Antiquarian Traders

French Styled Interiors Architectural Digest Russia Aug 2011

Architectural Digest Russia from Plum Siena’s blog.

Architectural Digest Russia had some outstanding French styled pictures in their Aug 2011 issue. You can see this interior features very fine antiques and neoclassical chandeliers, and in later pictures they feature a stunning Louis XV styled Bombe chest.

A French Styled Commode Picture From A perfect Gray Blog

French Styled Furniture – Architectural Digest Russia Aug 2011 French Commode

French Louis XV Style Inlaid Rosewood Marble Top Ormolu Commode Dresser Chest

French Louis XV Style Inlaid Rosewood Marble Top Ormolu Commode Dresser Chest From Antique Furniture on Ebay

French Louis XV Style Inlaid Rosewood Marble Top Ormolu Commode Dresser Chest

French Louis XV Style Inlaid Rosewood Marble Top Ormolu Commode Dresser Chest From Antique Furniture on Ebay

ANTIQUE FRENCH MINIATURE COMMODE SALESMAN SAMPLER BOX

Antique French Miniature Commode Salesman Sampler Box From Bee And Rooster on Ebay

 

French Commodes

 

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