Louis XIV

Posted: June 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Motifs

Columns, pediments, arches, balustrades, draped figures, niches, quoins, swag and cartouches.

Architecture

Types

Hotels, Chateaux, and Palais de Versailles

Floor Plans

Strive for symmetry along at least on axis, if not two. Rooms are rectangular.

Materials

Stone with brick, and wood and plaster.

Facades

Windows and doors

windows are large to admit more light. French windows are developed as doors onto porches or balconies.

Roofs

Mansard, hipped, and/or Flat.

Interiors

Types

ceremonial interiors are the most lavishly appointed and the most formal, although most dwellings have less formal, private spaces.

Materials

Rich and costly materials dominate interiors.  Interior architectural details include niches with classical figures and pilasters dividing walls into bays, which repeat the exterior design.  Balustrades and daises subdivide and separate spaces to support etiquette and ritual.

Color

The typical color palette includes white, gold, crimson, cobalt, purple, and deep green.

Floors

Floors are of wood, marble, or other masonry, often in complicated patterns.  Use of parquet increases throughout the period.

Furnishings and Decorative Arts

Types

Cabinets, tables, and storage pieces.

Material

Beech, oak, walnut, and ebony. most pieces are gilded and feature marquetry or parquetry.

Seating

Upholstered chairs and sofas are very common.  They are rectangular with high backs, and include a chaise, fauteuil (upholstered open armchair), bergere (upholstered closed armchair), and canape (sofa).  Upholstered seats have fancy trim and gilded nails.

Tables

Gaming, conversation, and entertainment. Console table, the Bureau plat.

Beds

decorative arts

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Comments
  1. michal rivrera says:

    I enjoy these photos. It really shows the carefull elegance of the period. One day I would love to visit such a beautiful place

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