ancien régime

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(French for ‘old rule’)

The term ancien régime refers to the sociopolitical
system in France prior to the French Revolution (1789-99).

In a design sense, the term refers to the pre-revolutionary
decorative styles used by French royals and aristocrats, most
notably during the reigns of Louis XIV (Baroque), Louis XV
(Rococo), and Louis XVI (neoclassical).

While each of these styles was unique, they all made use of
the finest materials and craftsmanship.