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When local craftsmen living in the provinces of France during the 18th
century imitated the finer examples of furniture seen in Paris, a quaint
yet formal style of furniture evolved known as French Provincial. The
style is based on high fashion Louis XV designs of the Rococo period, yet
simplified for country estate living.
Woods are sometimes left in a natural walnut or beech finish yet most are
white washed or painted in pastel colors with fruit and floral stencil
designs and hand painted accents. Rather than heavy upholstery, it is more
common to see caning used on chairs and settees for the seats and backs.