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The Influence of France on English furniture design

Throughout the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century French taste was the primary influence on English fashion despite the countries being at war for long periods. Each year Parisian dresses were eagerly awaited to set the fashion for the new season and after the Peace of Amiens, 1802 the aristocracy flocked to France and the Continent for a cultural education.

The influence of French taste on English furniture design can be seen by comparing the pair of Louis XV style tables and the Hepplewhite centre table illustrated below. The curving bombe shape and elegant cabriole legs of the French tables is reflected in the beautifully drawn centre table.

In the late Eighteenth Century one of the primary characteristics of French furniture design was the use of exotic woods in Neo-classical marquetry. The Adam period commode  illustrated below is a superb example of an English cabinet-maker's response to this style.

The Prince Regent and his court were the principal arbiters of taste at the turn of the century and they were avid collectors of boulle furniture, one of the most famous styles of French furniture with its intricate brass inlay. This inspired English cabinet-makers to experiment with the use of brass inlay  and the Regency brass inlaid chiffonier is a superb example.

We have many other pieces that reflect the influence of French designs on English furniture and they can be viewed on our website at

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A Pair Of Louis XV Style Side Tables

A Pair Of Louis XV Style Side Tables

1760 and 1880

Height: 28.75" (73cm)

Depth: 13.75" (35cm)

Width: 20.5" (52cm)

An elegant pair of Louis XV style kingwood veneered and ormolu mounted side tables; of bombe form the well figured top is banded with ormolu above three frieze drawers and raised on cabriole legs terminating in ormolu mounts. One table is mid Eighteenth Century and the other is a late Nineteenth Century copy.

Ref: 2352

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A Hepplewhite Satinwood Centre Table

A Hepplewhite Satinwood Centre Table


Height: 30.5" (77.5cm)

Depth: 23.75" (60.5cm)

Width: 33" (83.75cm)

An elegant Hepplewhite period satinwood and rosewood veneered centre table; the eared top inlayed with a central oval of rosewood and crossbanded in satinwood and rosewood with a brass edging; the serpentine shaped sides inlayed with satinwood and crossbanded in rosewood with a drawer to one end, raised on slender cabriole legs which are mounted with ormolu sabots.

The quality of this antique centre table can be seen in the choice of the most luxurious woods of the period, rosewood and satinwood for its manufacture. The Hepplewhite centre table's extremely sophisticated design which is all shape and movement suggests that it was made by one of the most accomplished London cabinet-makers.


Ref: 2002

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