At French Accent, we are dedicated to bring French provincial style to your home at an affordable price.
We offer a classic range of French Provincial Louis XV and XVI style furniture, handcrafted in solid oak, walnut and cherrywood, and hand painted to suit a variety of interior styles. These items are our own designs inspired from the period and are made with traditional techniques in our own factory. Our furniture is unique and is not available anywhere else.
We also stock a large range of French style accessories including chandeliers, pairs of table lamps, champagne tubs, crystal and glass ware, kitchen items mirrors and decorative wall pieces, as well as vintage items personally selected in Paris.
You can see the stock at our two Sydney showrooms or if interstate or overseas you can purchase online. We have sent many items interstate and overseas without issue. If you’re concerned please just call and we’ll talk the process through with you.
French Accent uses all the traditional elements that past craftsman have use for centuries to make great quality furniture. It’s not difficult to judge quality in wood furniture and you don’t need to be an expert to do it. All you need to do is look at the material, construction, and finish and take your time.
Wood source: Quality furniture is generally made out of hardwood which comes from deciduous trees like oak, maple, mahogany, teak, walnut, cherry and birch. French Accent uses oak, walnut and cherry wood.
Construction: The way a piece is constructed can contribute to its beauty, functionality and how long it will last. The joinery and sturdiness of a piece will tell you a lot about its quality. French Accent uses only traditional joints in our furniture.
Finish: Sanding, staining, and finishing are part of the process, and neglect at any of these stages can affect the overall quality of a piece. A high-quality finish is satiny smooth and free of rough spots, dust specks or bubbles. French Accent uses traditional methods of finishing our furniture.
Please take care when comparing items as many times these elements can be shortcut producing furniture that will age well or last. Take a look at our guide to learn more.
French Provincial Furniture
(Louis XV Style)
The French Provincial furniture we call Louis XV style flourished during the period of 1730-1775. If the Louis XIV furniture style was designed with the glorification of the Sun King in mind and all in massive, masculine, square form, the Louis XV furniture style is the complete opposite. Designed for the comfort and glorification of beautiful women, it has a romantic, sensuous and feminine look. A flowing abstraction of unbroken curves is the guiding principle of the Louis XV furniture style; the legs are curved, the back is curved and the seat is curved. Even the Louis XV architecture also adheres to this principle. It abhorred straight lines. In typical Louis XV architecture everything is curved – the ceiling, the panel-designs on the walls, the panel designs in the doors and even the corners of a room are curved.
The Louis XV style is sometimes referred to as the Rococo Style. It is derived from two French words meaning rock and shell. The rock and shell were the two popular motifs for decoration of this period. The Rococo style features extensive and elaborate ornamentation and decoration. It was also during this period that France was captivated with things Chinese. This fascination with Chinese motifs was called Chinoiserie. A newly discovered Chinese method of painting called Lacquering was usually used in painting wood furniture. Fabrics and wall coverings were designed with Chinese motifs as well. It is therefore not uncommon to find some Louis XV furniture style bearing this Chinese influence.
The Basic Characteristics of a Louis XV style of furniture are:
1. Curved shapes and forms. This period abhorred anything straight.
2. It bears an extensive rococo decoration. Everything is elaborately decorated with intricate carvings. Wood surfaces are decorated with inlays, ormolu mounts and hand painted. With the cockleshell design as the point of focus.
3. Louis XV furniture is symmetrical and incorporates motifs such as shells, leaves, flowers and scrolled toes. It’s also known as the Rococo style, which is derived from the French word “racaille” meaning rock and shell work.
4. This period designed everything with an eye toward lightness and grace. Delicacy is its guiding spirit. Scale is delicate too as opposed to the very massive previous style of Louis XIV. It is smaller, softer and more comfortable.
5. Since it has become smaller and delicate in size, the need for stretchers to support the legs is eliminated.
In conclusion, the style of Louis XV is commonly used in today’s homes. Its delicate shape and size is very practical and it has both the scale and grace that are the objective in most decoration today. It is in fact one of the favorites among designers and homeowners alike when decorating traditional homes.
French Accent opened in 2007 in Willoughby NSW, and has been supplying a high quality classical range of French provincial style furniture for customers all over Australia, especially Sydney, for more than 10 years.
Before the French Accent shop opened in Willoughby, we had been wholesaling and retailing of traditional furniture made in solid timber including antique furniture for more than 20 years. We are highly experienced in traditional cabinet making, woodworking, French polishing and antique furniture restorations and are perfectly positioned to best understand the structure of solid timber furniture.
WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
Thank you. The bed looks great. We are very happy.
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The furniture has been delivered. The dining table and chairs look wonderful. We are very happy with the purchase.