The Louis XVI style appeared  during the second half of the 18th century. Antiquity became a source of inspiration for architecture, interior decoration and furniture. This Neoclassicism was influenced by the discovery of the ruins of Pompeii and by the interest in the Greek and Roman architectures. The Louis XVI style displays straight and symmetrical lines, classical decorative motifs including acanthus leaves, friezes of pearls, Greek friezes… Cabinet-makers such as Jean-Henri Riesener and David Roentgen created crafted desks and cabinets for the royal residences. Equally fine sets of chairs and tables were made by Jean-Henri Riesener and Georges Jacob. They used inlays of fine woods, particularly mahogany, decorated with gilded bronze.


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