The Intra-Lorraine specifics on the well-known Lorraine furniture of Sébastien Napoli Antiquaire Expert
Would there be one or more Lorraine furniture? "Throughout Lorraine, furniture has the same structures and the same forms of assembly. Living conditions in the countryside are hardly different from one region to another. Everywhere, furniture has been influenced by national styles (Regency and Louis XV) However, sometimes significant differences appear between the different countries that make up the Lorraine region. o Nord-Lorraine: Towards Thionville, the wardrobes are often tall, slender, and of symmetrical construction. The motif of the quatrefoil is frequent in the center of the leaves. (The ornamental motif called quatrefoil is formed of unbroken arches.) o Pays Messin: The symmetry and the quatrefoil were very popular until the middle of the 19th century. The iconography is very vegetal, the horns of plenty are frequent. o East Mosellan: From Forbach to Sarrebourg, and towards Château-Salins, the furniture is characterized by massive shapes, the systematic use of marquetry and a geometric decorative repertoire that betray Germanic influences. o Pays Meusiens: In the west of Lorraine, there is furniture of impressive size with quality decorations inspired by Parisian ornamentalists. o Toulois and the Nancy region: These areas have carefully decorated wardrobes, with vineyard or floral motifs. o Saintois et Vermois: The south of Meurthe-et-Moselle and the north of the Vosges have seen the production of talented carpenters flourish, such as Aubriot, Mater and Marion, known for their know-how and wealth sets. o Lunévillois: Near Lunéville, the furniture combines a decoration of marquetry and sculpture. The two-body drop-leaf sideboards are there particularly appreciated o Pays Vosgiens: It is certainly in the Vosges mountains, marked by a self-sufficient economy based on breeding, that the particularities are strongest. In the shopping malls, the furniture is rudimentary: a wooden bunk, lined with straw and pierced by a round hole; large chests often made of fir decorated with geometric figures, pagan symbols or symbols of Christian origin (crosses, flaming hearts, monstrances and lighted candles). In this mountain environment, a summary production rubs shoulders with "adapted" regional furniture: the wardrobes are not high because the rooms have lowered ceilings. "
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