Elegant Antique French Charles X Savonnerie Rug, Rug Type / Country of Origin: France, Circa Date: 1820 – Charles X ruled France from 1824 to 1830. This period in history is known as the Restoration, and this beautiful antique French Savonnerie rug is a magnificent example of the work of this period. This breathtaking green color rug was created around 1820 and is a beautiful piece of Restoration-era furniture. It is a rare piece and in an excellent state of preservation considering it is age and origins.
Restoration style has its roots in the pieces created in the reign of Louis XIV. Restoration pieces reflect the ornamentation of the Louis XIV style, but they tend to be simpler, and the designs are not as complex. The symbols that were used during the reign of Napoleon I to reflect the court were no longer used, and the pieces represent a gentler version of Empire stylistic elements.
Restoration style features include Gothic elements and highly detailed florals, as you can see in this piece. During the Revolution, the looms of the famous looms of Beauvais, Aubusson, and Savonnerie carpet works nearly stopped, as did the businesses of many of the artisans who produced the trappings of overt wealth. When Napoleon I took the throne, he saw the value of carpets. They were considered a form of currency to repay the debts of the Revolution. Napoleon commissioned many carpets from the Savonnerie mills but not nearly as many as his predecessors. By the time the reign of Charles X came around, the Savonnerie mills were once again in full production.
This carpet is a gorgeous piece with a neoclassical design that was common in Restoration period artwork. It has an earthy feel with a classic garden-themed design. The ornate acanthus leaves in the central medallion and classic floral elements reflect the designs found in the architectural styles of the time. This 10 x 14 size rug gives the appearance of looking up at one of the stained-glass ceiling domes that were a prominent feature of court architecture of the time.
These Court commissioned antique rugs show a high level of skill and masterful designs that made the Savonnerie French rugs famous. Many of the designs were borrowed from the work of Jacques-Louis de la Hamayde de Saint-Ange-Desmaison, who was commonly referred to as Saint-Ange. He was a famous designer for the Mobilier Imperial and created designs for carpets and porcelain. Many carpets of the time borrowed motifs and stylistic elements from his work.
This breathtaking work is an example of Restoration room decor and would be the pinnacle of any collection. It is an important piece both for its beautiful design and its place in history. Antique Savonnerie rugs from France, such as this one, are a rare find, and this piece deserves to be in a place where it can be fully appreciated and cherished for many years to come.