1900 Antique French Server Louis XVI Renaissance Carved Oak Plate Rack
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Antique and Vintage French Server Product Details
77.25H x 49W x 19.50D
It's easy to admire this fine French antique Louis XVI Renaissance server with its noble silhouette and wonderful oak carvings. The antique server was crafted in around 1900 and it is a direct import from France. The oak server or sideboard offers a full 77 inches in height of gorgeous carvings, including flowers, leaves and ribbons on the lower door panels. The French Renaissance server is topped with a handsomely shaped carving that evokes a coat of arms shield and decorative carvings all across the top of the server will make this piece really stand out in your Renaissance style dining room. Bulbous fluted posts support the upper part of the server and nice decorative metal handles and lock plates add the authentic finishing touches to this fine antique server. A pierced plate rack gives you the chance to show off your favorite vintage china. This antique French Louis XVI server or sideboard will be a delight in any home.
Louis XVI <div>LOUIS XVI AND THE NEO-CLASSICAL STYLE</div><div>Louis XVI (1774 1792) married Marie Antoinette of Austria when he was fifteen and she was just fourteen. The arranged marriage was a political alliance between the youngest daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor and the Empress Maria Theresa and the grandson of Louis XV, the King of France. Louis XVI ascended the throne upon his grandfathers death at the age of 20. As Marie Antoinette began to commission furniture and decorative arts for her rooms at Versailles, a style quite different from the previous Louis XV style was chosen.</div><div>In 1748, the unexpected discovery of the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum caused a tremendous impact on the history of furniture and the decorative arts. The cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius in Italy, were buried under ash in 79 AD when the volcano erupted. The ensuing excavations of the perfectly preserved cities led to a frenzied interest in all things Greek and Roman. This new interest in the Classical world (Neo-Classicism) led to the inclusion of classical decorative motifs in furniture production, such as carved pillars, brass columns, rosettes (paterae) and mythological figures. In France, this style is known as the Louis XVI style and its hallmark is a return to straight lines and symmetry in opposition to the dramatic curves and asymmetry of the Louis XV style. The cabriole leg was supplanted by the straight spindle shaped and fluted leg. Carvings of baskets of flowers, especially roses, and flowing ribbons were in abundance.</div><div>The reign of Louis XVI came to a sudden end with the French Revolution. An angry mob, disillusioned with the excessive spending and inefficiency of the royal family, captured and beheaded Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. However, the Louis XVI style has endured. The style enjoyed a resurgence in the first quarter of the twentieth century and is still considered to be a classic today.</div>
Condition of this Antique and Vintage Server
Used - Good
Shows normal wear to the finish and miscellaneous nicks, dings, and scratches due to age and use. There is a slight outline of where plates were once placed on the plate rack due to light exposure. There is a piece of trim missing at the top of the right side that could be restored prior to shipping, if requested.
Shipping for this French Server
Free shipping only applies within the Contiguous 48 United States and this item will be shipped via Vanline. Furniture (over 100 pounds) is shipped via white glove delivery service, which includes bringing the item into your home and placing the item in the room of your choice on the main level of your home. This service includes light assembly and the removal of packing materials. White glove service normally takes 3 to 4 weeks, although delays may occur for more remote locations. Someone must be present to accept and sign for the delivery.
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