Louis XIII Style

The Louis XIII style owes its name to king Louis XIII, nicknamed "the Just". 
Born in 1601, Louis XIII reigned in France from 1610 to 1643. Traditionally, historians start the Louis XIII style from the death of Henry III in 1589 to the takeover of Louis XIV in 1661.

The period of Louis XIII's reign, made famous by the king's musketeers and the character of D'Artagnan, is different in terms of furniture from other periods: for the first time in history, a French style emerges and imposes itself by its originality.

Contrary to the Renaissance whose furniture creations remained marked by the Italian influence, the Louis XIII style borrowed some aesthetic canons from Spain and Portugal to better surpass them and impose a true French creation.

The furniture is not yet very numerous, mainly dominated by chests, but little by little a real taste for furniture, H-shaped chairs and cabinets with a diamond pattern, made mainly of oak, walnut or fruit wood such as pear.

The main innovation of this period is the appearance of turning, which allows the creation of spiral legs, baluster legs or even rosary legs.



Pierre Boulle, Jean Macé, Laurent Stabre.


A Louis XIII period walnut cabaret side table
Pair of large Louis XIII Style armchairs