Architecture and Furniture: France, England and America ........... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary.
French Régence (Regency)
Transitional style in architecture and decoration between the Baroque and the Rococo originated in France during the Regency (1715-23) of Philippe II, Duc d'Orléans, during the minority of Louis XV.
In this period, curved lines and many motifs such as shells, masques, and sinuous foliated scrolls were introduced. These innovations were subsequently developed in Rococo design.
The legs of furniture took bulging outlines and the corners of panels were curved. The use of gilt bronze (ormolu) was extended, and walnut, rosewood, and other woods largely replaced ebony in veneers.