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Louis period styles: Louis XV

The Louis XV [ Louis Quinze ] (1723–74) style was characterized by free curves and the use of rococo ornament and chinoiserie . Rooms were smaller, specialized, and arranged for convenient use. Colors were delicate. Tinted wood, veneer, lacquer panels, marquetry, mounts by Caffieri and Pierre Gouthière , and porcelain plaques of Sèvres ware distinguish the designs. The style in its later phase was more restrained.

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