|Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI's Queen.|
I like the number instead of Louis' Roman Numerals. No one has complained (so far), and after all these years my brain does not instantly register XVI as 16.
To identify a Louis 16 style chair or bench, check the leg first. Stick straight, a slight taper, more often than not, fluted.
A 16's chair back will be flatish, round or square. The frame of the back is frequently carved.
|A reproduction of a Tilliard chair from Artistic Frame.|
Let me know who focuses on the fabric first, or the frame first.
Or sometimes not.
|Another Artistic Frame chair. I like the light finish with the black leather upholstery.|
No nonsense, slightly masculine, nice lines.
Although this chair looks a tad stern, the pitch of the back would make it a comfortable dining chair.
Arm chairs have little pads.
|Antique from Glustin, Paris|
And a "square block" at the top of the leg where it meets the rail which is almost always carved with a flower, acanthus leaves, a diamond or disk:
|also from Glustin, Paris|
|From Ave Home.|
Lastly, if all the above plus it looks like it may not be the most comfortable chair in the room, then a Louis 16 it is.
Contemporary interpretations of 16's add cushions, thank you, an ottoman, also very nice, a light waxed or painted finish, a restrained use of gold gilding, or none at all.
|From Decorative Crafts.|
All of these tweaks lend Louis 16 a very livable style that mixes well with modern.
|Atlanta designer Kathryn Williams' triplets hanging out in the living room. Via Traditional Home.|
|A very calm palette. A great example of mixing modern with traditional styles.|
Technically, Ms. Williams' chairs are Gustavian. Traditional Home explains that Sweden's King Gustav III, a contemporary of Louis the 16th, loved the style, commissioned furniture from Swedish cabinet makers who promptly lightened up the look, but kept the lines.
What's your take on 16 style? Love it? Hate it? Own it?
Thanks for reading,