Rococo Furniture

Rococo Furniture

France, Italy, Germany (18th century)

Rococo was an aesthetic movement in the fine and decorative arts that found its inspiration in nature and fostered an overall lightness and delicacy of form, construction and ornament in interior design.

     Though greatly influenced by trends in Italy and Germany, Rococo is often called Louis XV-style — the movement having reached its best expression during that sybaritic French king’s reign. The term “rococo” is thought to be a portmanteau of the French words rocaille and coquilles—“rock” and “shells”—organic motifs frequently used in architecture and design of the style.

     Rococo furniture is above all sensuous and social. The furniture of earlier eras in Europe had been heavy in every sense; the Rococo period saw the appearance of light-framed upholstered armchairs, side chairs, and occasional tables that could easily be moved to form conversational circles.

     The signal detail of Rococo furniture design is the gently curved cabriole, or S-shaped chair-, table-, and cabinet-leg. It imitates the bend of a tree limb or a flower stem. In a further reference to nature, furnishings were often asymmetrical and painted white, or in soft, pastel shades. Rococo has become a timeless style, and as the furniture pieces presented below demonstrate, its playful, sculptural forms can provide visual excitement to contemporary, clean-lined spaces.

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Fine Gilt Bronze, Louis XV Lantern
Tarquin Bilgen Antiques
French Regence Giltwood Bracket
Glen Dooley Antiques
A Swedish Rococo Armchair
Laserow Antiques
18th Century Louis XV Barometer
Petricia Thompson Antiquites d' Europe
An 18th Century English Creamware Tureen
Philadelphia Chippendale Period Chair
L'Enfant Gallery
18th Century English Georgian Chest
Niall Smith Antiques
18th Century Irish Stool
Yew Tree House Antiques
Signed Couisineau Louis XVI Period Harp
Ambiance Antiques
Pair of Ormolu Candelabra
James Graham-Stewart Ltd.
French Louis XV Period Commode Stamped "J.B. Saunier"
Trianon Antiques
Pair of Red Lacquer Queen Anne Armchairs
George Subkoff Antiques, Inc.
George II Walnut Console Table
Clinton Howell Antiques
A Magnificent Pair Of Giltwood Mirrors From Palazzo Cenci
Carlton Hobbs LLC
Pair of Fine Rococo Side Chairs
Laserow Antiques
Irish Mahogany Card Table
O'Sullivan Antiques
Fine 18th Century Baroque Chest of Drawers
Bonnin Ashley Antiques Inc
Chippendale Claw and Ball Foot Stool
George Subkoff Antiques, Inc.
Georgian Mahogany Serpentine Chest
MS Rau Antiques
Silver Warwick Cruet
MS Rau Antiques
Set of eight Queen Anne chairs
George Subkoff Antiques, Inc.
A very fine George II mahogany bureau bookcase, c.1750
Philip Colleck, Ltd.
The Bliss Family Blockfront Desk
Jeffrey Tillou Antiques
An Irish George II Mahogany Console Table
Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd.
Rare Swedish Rococo Secretary
Laserow Antiques
English Georgian Mahogany Card Table
O'Sullivan Antiques
Bow Porcelain Shell Sweetmeat Stand
Leo Kaplan Ltd.
Liverpool Porcelain Teapot
Leo Kaplan Ltd.