Bombe Chest Design

May 15th

Known for sweeping curves, scallops and ornate flourishes, the bombe chest is fine stops as an example of French design. A very popular piece of accent furniture, the bombe chest was developed as a direct result of political change in the eighteenth century France. The Bombe chests are the perfect accent to any room. While the style and shape of many bombe chests may be exaggerated somewhat, there are styles that are refined and slightly less ornate. Marked by graceful curves and unlike anything before or since its inception, the bombe chest is a fine example of artistic expression in furniture.

Timothy Corrigan Antiques Bombe Chest
Timothy Corrigan Antiques Bombe Chest

In fact, the bombe chest is the perfect combination of style and utility. During the reign of French King Louis the fourteenth, agents in popular culture was somewhat restricted. They argued artists and designers to strict standards on whim and desires of a king who some historians describe as simply useless. Louis XIV believed in the absolute rule of the monarch and sought to impose their societal opinion to many aspects of French culture. Louis felt that much of the seventeenth century France was back and barbaric and moved in a way that he thought he brings a level of refinement to the French society.

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