The Queen's Chamber, Versailles, France
Chair, Daniel Marot, c. 1700, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Characteristics of the Baroque era that can be found in the furniture are profuse ornamentation, gold filigree, marble, heavenly figures (cherubs, nymphs, etc.), and walnut. While much of the furniture during the time do contain characteristics of the time, the actual style of the furniture changed as well. Chairs during the Baroque era, for example, were normally ordered as part of a suite, or a large bedroom set. Style characteristics included "a high straight and rectangular back. The arm supports joined the seat at the fore-edge; the legs, placed straight at the front corner of the seat rail, turned, or in baluster or bracket-shape, were linked by stretchers. The upholstery, fastened with brass nails, would cover most of the chair's frame." (metmuseum.org)
Table, c. 1780, Venice
Another popular trend in the furniture was to incorporate figures holding the actual piece upright. The S and C-scrolls are another recurring trend during the Baroque era that is not only found in the architecture, but also the furniture usually along the base as the support. Along with the famous architects who helped to dictate the style of the time (Bernini and Borromini), French cabinetmaker Andre Charles Boulle also created notable works in the Palace of Versailles. The French Baroque displayed rich and carefully designed furnishings which made it truly unique in the history of furniture making.
Commode, Andre Charles Boulle (c. 1710-32), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Walnut veneered with ebony and marquetry of engraved brass and tortoiseshell, guilt bronze mounts, verd antique marble top