"a real Louis Seize commode"
Rococo style commode (1760-65)
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRococo style commode (1760-65) - Credit: 'Opal_Art_Seeker_4'
A commode made in 1766, representing the transition from Rococo to Neoclassicism
Public DomainA commode made in 1766, representing the transition from Rococo to Neoclassicism - Credit: Walters Art Museum

 Louis XVI was King of France between 1774 and 1791. Both he and his wife Marie Antoinette were executed during the French Revolution.

Louis Seize is used to describe architecture and furniture which is characteristic of Louis XVI's reign. The period is notable for a reaction against the frivolity of the Rococo style, and the adoption of Neo-classical styles based on the cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome.

A commode is a low cabinet or chest of drawers, usually standing on high or low legs. Commodes were originally designed to reach the height of the dado rail.

 

French neo-classical commode (1770-1780)
Public DomainFrench neo-classical commode (1770-1780) - Credit: Daderot