3 March 2013

French Antiques and Decorative Antiques – Directoire style

The second phase of the evolution of French furniture towards modern day popular French Antiques is Directoire phase. The first phase being Louis XVI and the third being Empire style.

The style uses neoclassical architectural forms, minimal carving, plain expanses of highly grained veneers and applied decorative painting. It takes its name from the period 1795–1799 when France was ruled by a government of directors. A noted furniture designer working in the style was Georges Jacob.

Good quality furniture in this syle is popular, like this elegant 1950s French extendable dining table, in the Directoire taste, that can be used as a centre table or small dining table. Similar tables and other French antiques to this are often found at our Tetbury shop.



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Extended table prior to adding the extension leaf. The table can be extended and works well in most settings.