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The Baroque era and Baroque style of furniture was first introduced in the reign of King Louis XIV in France. It was this King that set a new style of grand opulence and dramatic styles in the Palace of Versailles and the Louvre, and this new style was replicated by several people to set a new style that became Baroque furniture.
This style of furniture, architecture and art first came about with King Louis XIV's reign, because he was such a powerful leader and he created such an empire in a period of war. The King was powerful and the Baroque furniture that first made its appearance during this time, copied the great King's power in style.
It is a classical style and combines grandeur and impressive styles with a sense of power and elegance, and any piece of Baroque furniture automatically demands attention and a sense of awe from any that are lucky enough to have it in their home. The style initially came into its own with regards to the sculpture and architecture of the places that King Louis XIV set his hands upon, and once this evolvement reached a grand scale with people wanting similar styles in their home the Baroque furniture scene was first created.
The style itself used great motions of expressions and gestures and helped to create pieces of Baroque furniture that produced drama, exuberance and tension in a grand scale. They were sturdy pieces that could withstand even the clumsiest of owners and this was developed to match the sturdiness of the King, but the drama and tension that were created by such pieces were to match everything that the King loved.
Hand painted chairs with gold and/or silver leaf decors,with many colorful fabrics
Baroque domestic architecture was theatrical, extravagant, seeking to flaunt wealth and astonish the viewer. Where Renaissance design had appealed to the intellect, the Baroque worked on the emotions. Even Counterreformation religious conversions were miraculous visions inspired by lavishly ornamented
Baroque furniture is again very much in demand as designing sturdy, striking but detailed furniture makes for timeless classics that will always have a following. It is not a style that can be matched to any home; it has a presence of its own and is certainly not for those who consider themselves to be faint at heart!
Initially starting in the early 1600's, Italy was once again the main starting point for this style of Baroque furniture even though it was considered to be highly linked to that of King Louis XIV of France, and like many styles, Italy set the precedent for the rest of the world and especially Europe. The style of Baroque furniture though not the cheapest has many beautiful and durable pieces, which still provides for a great investment for most homes!