French Renaissance Period

(1515 – 1610)




The period of furniture design known as the French renaissance extends from the early sixteenth century into the early seventeenth century, where innovative Italian architects and artists arrived in France, furniture followed architecture, with its grand revival of the art forms of ancient Rome and Greece, and for much of the first half of the 16th century differed little from developments in Italy.


Chair backs and seats were upholstered, there were many cupboards with two or four doors and tables were highly sculptured.


Characters from antiquity and mythology were the main subjects. Nymphs, satyrs, allegories of the seasons, friezes and foliation became popular.


Exotic wood such as selected oak, walnut or ebony was preferred.




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