LXVI – Neoclassical Style – 1750-1880
Louis XVI ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1774 until 1792. Following his execution for treason 1793 it signalled the end of absolute monarchy in France and would eventually bring about the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The predominant style in architecture, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts was Neoclassicism, a style that had come into its own during the last years of Louis XVI’s life chiefly as a reaction to the excesses of the Rococo but partly through the popularity of the excavations at ancient Herculaneum and Pompeii, in Italy, and partly on the basis of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s call for “natural” virtue and honest sentiment.
Louis XVI designs and furniture initially followed the Rococo’s light proportions, slender forms, human scale, and emphasis on comfort as well as some motifs including flowers, symbols of love, hunting, and musical instruments. The styles became distinguished from Rococo by straight lines, geometric curves, and classical motifs.
We have created a Collection of Louis XVI 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 classical motifs distinctive to Louis XIV design.
As was common in this Architectural period most of the Louis XVI products are face fixed to the door with exposed screw heads (fittings are supplied). All of our Louis XVI 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 XVI products are available in our extensive range of surface patinations. See our Finishes page to find out more.
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