Know Your French Furniture

A Guide to Help You Identify Antiques Made in France

18th-century German Rococo Gilded Hand Carved Console Table With Marble Top. - Pia's Antique Gallery on

When it comes to antiques, the French do have a way about them. Many a style originated in France; many a piece of furniture was invented in France. Dozens of standard furniture terms, such as marquetry and ormolu, are words that are French in origin.

French antique furniture is renowned for its refined nature and its rich use of materials and often fetches premium prices at auction.

Below is a listing of articles on quintessentially French antique furniture, furniture elements, and styles from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

Furniture of French Origin

French Furniture Elements

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