I just loved the 'trés moderne' hot pink juxtaposed on the classic bombé chest. I spotted it at January's Maison et Objét design fair in Paris and was inspired. No, transported in fact! I even risked a stealth snapshot so I could share ...
The bombé chest originated during the French Regency period (early 1700s). With the death of Louix XIV, french furniture-makers were a tad more adventurous and went beyond the classical styles popular with the King. They experimented a bit ... styles and shapes changed, rounded and relaxed. It was during this time that the bombé chest was 'à la mode'! Also during this premier episode of popularity, the shape was combined with chinoiserie decoration and lacquers. As the experimentation continued, the chests became more and more ornate with intricate decorations featuring birds and animals, as well as flowers.
By the time Louis XV achieved the throne, the curvy bureaux were very popular. Because the mistress of Louis XV, Madame Pompadour, adored the bombé style ... it quickly became the 'bomb' (lol) of the mid-1700s.
Nowadays, you can really make a statement with a bombé chest by selecting an unexpected pop of color and shine.
Like this darling piece!
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