Antique French-Style Furniture
Antique French-Style Furniture was originally produced by carftsmen in France over 100 years ago.
Brief history and description
Antique French-style furniture items are some of the highest selling pieces at furniture auctions, and were typically manufactured during the 17th or 18th centuries in France; (or more specifically, Paris).
Antique French-style furniture items can range from bedroom suites, dining suites, tables, armchairs, couches, cabinets, bookcases, cabinets, buffets or even trunks, and can come in a variety of different styles such as the Louis XIV-style (circa 1661 to 1715), the Louis XV-style (circa 1723 to 1774), or the Louis XVI-style (circa 1774 to 1789), to name a few.
Antique French-style furniture items are typically incredibly flamboyant and tend to feature curved legs (which were usually inspired by different breeds of animals), as well as "boullework" surfaces or floral upholstery.
Guide for collectors
Antique French-style furniture items that come in matching sets are considered to be the most rare and valuable. Louis XVI-style furniture items as well as furniture items of the classic period (1660 to 1815) are also considered to be both rare and valuable.
Restoration of an antique French-style furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an antique French-style furniture item may decrease its value).
For more information regarding antique French-style furniture, visit French Accent Antiques.
A French Louis XVI carved walnut couch sofa is worth around $1,575, while an antique French-carved walnut settee couch is worth around $650.
An antique French-style Louis XVI side table (20" x 29" x 16") is worth around $80, while Louis XVI-style, two-drawer end tables with marble tops are worth between $1,700 and $1,800.
French-style coutry low coffee table with mahogany tops are worth between $550 and $750.
Myers Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida sold a French Louis XV-style gilt display cabinet with a mirrored back and beveled glass for $1,700 in February of 2008.
Myers Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida sold an antique Paris Goyard French Vuitton-style trunk for $375 in January of 2005.
Pairs of antique French-style arm chairs are worth between $100 and $300.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)