LXIV - Baroque/Rococo Style – 1590-1725
Louis XIV was an absolute monarch for 72 years, as expressed in the famous quote attributed to him, "L'etat c'est moi" (I am the state). Identifying himself with Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, Louis XIV came to be called "the Sun King." In the same way as the planets revolve around the Sun, he wanted his courtiers and the people of France to revolve around him and so he adopted that fiery firmament as the Royal Emblem and it became the epitome of style and good design.
As the first indigenous example of French decoration, French Baroque architecture had boldness, grandeur and luxury embedded within an overall unity of composition and a standard of beauty totally integrating the landscape. Like the Italian Baroque it is characterized by the juxtaposition of form, shape and colour to create an organized chaos of contrasts; yet it is more classical in motif then the Renaissance.
Designs are masculine and extravagant in all aspects. Grand scale, colossal columns, elaborate facades and interiors where style and appearance are more important than function. Today Louis XIV is perhaps best remembered as the king who built the Palace of Versailles.
We have created a Collection of Louis XIV products all hand crafted and cast from premium grade solid brass which covers door handles, door knobs, window fittings and a range of accessories, all of which are true to the character of their era. The products in this Collection carry the elaborate yet subtle detail distinctive to Louis XIV design.
As was common in this Architectural period most of the Louis XIV products are face fixed to the door with exposed screw heads (fittings are supplied). Louis XIV door knobs and levers are sold in pairs but they can be ordered singularly if specifically required. Knobs are left unsprung and levers are sprung, unless otherwise requested.
All Louis XIV products are available in our extensive range of surface patinations. See our Finishes page to find out more.
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