French styles: Louis XIII

10 April, 2024 14:00

We invite you to discover the French styles and their expression in the decorative arts, tableware and gastronomy. In the early 17th century, Louis XIII reigned over France, assisted by his minister Richelieu. Architecturally, this was the era of pink brick, as evidenced by the Place des Vosges. Furniture was simple and severe: ebony cabinets, high-backed square chairs with twisted legs, diamond-tipped cupboards. Spanish, Italian and Flemish influences blended together. Leather came from Cordoba, glass from Venice. Nevers earthenware flourished, as did tapestry at the Savonnerie, the very first royal manufacture created to compete with oriental carpets. It was the era of the Musketeers and court intrigue. Men wore their hair long, their moustaches and their beards trimmed. Louis XIII was rather shy, but loved to dance to the sound of the lute. An avid gourmand, he prepared his own omelets and loved beignets, quince jelly and all other sorts of sweets 🍭

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