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French and English Furniture

French and English Furniture

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Excerpt from French and English Furniture: Distinctive Styles and Periods Described and Illustrated

A period of magnificence and lavish expenditure by art-lovers had begun. Richelieu at the beginning almost rivalled in luxury Mazarin and F ouquet at the end of this period. The Cardinal employed Simon Vouet and other artists on the decoration of his magnificent Palais Royal and the Castle of Rueil and his expenditures in art col leeting attracted such undesirable public attention that he presented a great part of his treasures to the King in 1636. Among these was a great silver buffet weighing about 162 5 pounds.

Vouet, during this period, occupied a somewhat sim ilat position to that held by Le Brun during the Louis XIV. Period. It is interesting to note the importance now held by goldsmiths in decorative art. A great deal of the furniture of the day was designed by them. Archi teets also regarded furniture as an integral part of the interior decoration of their apartments, and therefore de signed the important pieces. For instance, Crispin de Passe (1570 - 1642) shows, besides his chimney-pieces (which being the most important architectural feature in the room, always received careful artistic treatment from the architects), chairs and bedstead. The latter still re tains a good deal of Renaissance feeling, with carved posts, open-carved colonnade in the high foot-board and bulb feet. It is somewhat reminiscent of Du Cerceau's design.

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