|Patrick Damiaens Ornamental woodcarver|
The d'Ansembourg Museum in Liège ( Belgium)
Liège was the centre of a wealthy bishopric situated between Flanders and Germany. Although part of the holy Roman Empire, its furniture is not typical of the German style. Some of the forms and the decoration came from France, but the result is too refined to be classed as French provicial.
|d'Ansembourg Museum Liège Belgium (Main hall)|
The industries of Liège had been stimulated by the wars of Louis XIV, and the Walloon (Now French speaking part of Belgium) population included many brilliant craftsmen.
The houses built by the 1730s include the Château de Seraing for the Prince-Bishop, and the Hôtel d'Ansembourg for the banker Michel Willems.
The craft guilds flourished, but very little furniture is actually signed. The principal wood was oak, carefully chosen for its fine quality, close grain, and consistent,delicate sheen. Some pieces were partly gilded and
painted, but bronze and ormolu were not used.
|The delicate carving of the interior doors, d'Ansembourg museum|
The most typical pieces are the great oak cupboards and buffets in one or two parts, tall clocks, commodes with four equal drawers and short feet, writing-tables, bureaux, and glazed cabinets and bookshelves.
The delicate carving, always carried out in solid wood, resembles that on French wall panelling. Furniture outlines were simple, and the effect, unlike yhat of Dutch or German furniture, was never bulky or ungainly.
Chairs were either in the French style and caned, or in the Germanic-Dutch tradition with back splats and loose seats.
These were often of walnut, ash or elm. For simple furniture , pine and beech were also used.
|A Liège style Buffet in 2 pieces carved in the Liège Regency furniture style|
|Liege style carving in oak|
|The Salon Vert , Chimney piece , Museum d'Ansembourg|
|Detail of Liege style Woodcarving|
|The Dining Room , 2 piece curved ,very high buffet , ( vaisselière) d'Ansembourg museum|
|Liege style carving ,Detail|
|The Dining Room , gilded embossed-leather on the walls|
|Detail Dining Room, d'Ansembourg museum|
|The Red Room , a two doors Bahut in liège regency style|