Throwback Thursday!

Greetings Readers!

It’s time for another throwback Thursday!

As we have all learned through our European history classes, Frances economy in the 1700’s was on a downward spiral. After the death of Louis XIV, his grandson Louis XV inherits the crown, however under a regency due to his young age of 5. Assuming the throne at the age of 13, Louis XV had little interest in politics or repaying the extreme debt his grandfather had created. As a result of this, Louis XV had to surpass on many luxuries, one of these luxuries included a gardening staff for the Palace of Versailles. Since there was no one to tend to the gardens, they slowly began over growing however to avoid suspicion or ridicule, Louis XV created a new style to reflect the over growing gardens of Versailles, French Rococo. Although French Rococo did not originate from that story, the style did grow further with it. French Rococo transpired as a reaction from the Baroque style, known for its stiff and regal characteristics, Rococo embraces a more romantic, exotic and feminine style, although incorporating and encompassing the classicism of Baroque.

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During this time, interiors and home furnishings dictate the style. Interiors slowly were becoming less formal in palaces and wealthy homes. Romantic ornamentations and natural materials, like wood, replace formal grand materials such as marble. Rocaille designs are the asymmetrical and naturalistic details that create a plethora of decor, reflecting the overgrown and unmanaged gardens. These rocaille designs covered walls and ceilings. Color palettes included yellow, green and blue mixed with a frequent gold and white palette. The rocaille designs normally were composed of plaster and started from the walls extended into ceiling creating a feeling of abundance of life to each and every room.

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The furniture in French Rococo matched their interiors exquisitely. Furnishings had elevated standards in French Rococo, attention to detail was keen and craftsmen were prided on the intricacy and delicacy of their furnishings. New pieces were orchestrated for comfort to match the new less formal style, gaming pieces also became in fashion. The curved cabriole leg evolved onto chaises or chairs, to reflect the flowing delicacy of the style. Furniture sets also began to become fashionable, they may include canapes, fauteuils, bergers, and stools. A fauteuil is a typical arm chair, normally consisting of whorl foots, cabriole legs, aprons with curves or swags, curved backs and supported arms, typically upholstered with florals or naturalistic scenes.

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Encompassing the flowing grace and delicacy of naturalistic motifs, Mystics own Cottonwood Collection embodies the essence of French Rococo. Using the popular yellow, green and blue color scheme, Mystic’s Cumberland fabrics flowing naturalistic designs create a peaceful esthetic.

Hope you all enjoyed todays Throwback!

Lauren