The taillardat.fr internet site is something like a window onto a world that many of us thought lost for ever. It’s a wonderful showcase for French artistry and skill, applied to making articles of furniture that are little short of works of art. If you’re interested in finding out more about the inspirations behind the firm’s designs, just click here. For more information on the talents needed to create each Taillardat piece, there’s a ‘know-how’ section. Otherwise, you can go straight to the ‘collections’ page for a comprehensive overview of the desks, armchairs, stools, occasional tables, beds and more made by the company.
Along with chairs and sofas, chests of drawers were amongst the most celebrated creations of 18th century French furniture designers. On the site there’s a good mixture of traditional styles from this period, (Louis XV, Louis XVIII, Regency) made in beautiful hardwoods like mahogany, cherry and beech. There’s also the occasional model boasting more modern influences, like the ‘Maurice’ model below, which is made from black and red wood and sports a white gold leaf finish.