: of, relating to, or being furniture or a furniture style characteristic of the regency of the Duke of Orleans, prevalent between about 1680 and 1725, and marked by a gradual transition from the earlier severely angular and massive to the delicate curvatures of Louis XV style

Word History


French Régence belonging to or characteristic of the regency of Philippe II, Duc d'Orléans †1723 regent of France 1715–23 during the minority of Louis XV, from régence, noun, regency, from Middle French regence rule, from Medieval Latin regentia regency, rule

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“Regence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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