Louis XV is considered the greatest of all periods for French furniture style and design (often used interchangeably with Rococo style). The movement took its cues from a more feminine perspective, namely the influence of Madame de Pompadour, the king’s fashionable mistress, and a patron of the arts in her own right.
The three decades from 1730 to 1760 reflected the new priorities of comfort, refinement, versatility and well-being. It also became a time that celebrated the relentless pursuit of originality in design.
In response to the excess and formality of earlier periods, furniture and decor became lighter – physically and visually, and more human in scale. Rooms became smaller and more intimate, and furniture easily moved for gatherings. It was the birth of the salon and the boudoir – both of which prized comfort, elegance and privacy. And for the first time, the idea of furniture became a status symbol….