The period from 1685 – 1725 under the reign of Louis XIV followed the Renaissance Period. The furnishing ornamentation depicts heavily ornate carvings and gold gilding. The French Baroque style decorates with marquetry and gold covered bronze ormolu, creating the most elegant of styles. Chairs upholstered in tapestries, damasks, brocades, silks, satins and velvets in rich colors of crimson, rose, gold and blues contrasted with a dark wood frame were fashionable. Another element of design which adorned textiles and tapestries were chubby infant babies or putti, Italian for little boys, adorned with garlands of flowers and foliage. The textiles were woven with designs of flowering shrubs, scrolling foliage, heraldic crests, birds, and Chinoiserie motifs. Some of the other fashionable motifs of the period were arabesques or repeating geometric forms, C and S scrolls, cartouches or oval-shaped design, lambrequins or a decorative valance, rinceau or a decorative border featuring stylized vines with flowers, fruits and leaves and rosettes or a round stylized floral design from antiquity.
Recently, I watched the movie, The Sound of Music again for the 25th time and lo and behold the draperies in Maria’s bedroom share a similar design motif. Maria decided to “Go for Baroque” and made those children clothing to play in out of those drapes!