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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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German Glass Bead Decorated Rococo Centre Table, C...
Johann Michael Van Selow
Antique 18th Century and Earlier German Rococo Tray Tables
Wood
Oak and pine wood with historical paint and marbling. The rounded rectangular dished top with moulded edge and decorated with a mosaic made of glass beads depicting a parrot seated in a...
Fine Gilt Bronze, Louis XV Lantern
Tarquin Bilgen Antiques
Fine Gilt Bronze, Louis XV Lantern
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Rococo Lanterns
A rare mid-18th century, Louis XV transitional gilt bronze five sided hall lantern, each face glazed and flanked by cast bronze mounts and finely cast and chased floral sprays. Retainin...
A Monumental 18th c. Italian Rococo Walnut and Par...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Rococo Sideboards
Wood, Gold Leaf, Marble
Eighteenth century Rococo bombe-shaped console with origins in the Veneto region of Italy. Bands of impressive molded gilt trim accent the sideboard's undulating facade, which is also c...
Pair of Chippendale Period Carved Rococo Giltwood ...
British Chippendale Wall Lights and Sconces
Gesso, Gold Leaf, Pine
Rare Pair of Chippendale Period Carved Rococo Giltwood Wall Lights, each having a pair of scrolling branch form arms with gilt metal cups and bobeches issuing from a central scroll, sup...
Swedish 18th Century Rococo Giltwood Wall Clock
D.Larsson Interior & Antikhandel AB
Swedish 18th Century Rococo Giltwood Wall Clock
Antique 18th Century Swedish Rococo Clocks
Giltwood
A fine Swedish 18th century richly carved and decorated Rococo giltwood wall clock. Stockholm, circa 1770. Condition: Excellent. Wear: Wear consistent with age and use. Finish: Gi...
A Swedish Rococo Armchair
Laserow Antiques
A Swedish Rococo Armchair
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Swedish Armchairs
Wood
A Swedish Rococo armchair with original paint. A wooden frame decorates with rocailles and acanthus leaves
George III Mahogany Piecrust Tilt Top Table
English George III Dessert Tables and Tilt-top Tables
Mahogany
George III Mahogany Piecrust Tilt Top Table.
Philadelphia Chippendale Period Chair
L'Enfant Gallery
Philadelphia Chippendale Period Chair
Antique 18th Century and Earlier American Side Chairs
Walnut
Walnut Philadelphia Chippendale Period Chair with shield carved back with carved shell, shell carved knees,a center carved shell on front of seat and claw and ball feet.
18th Century English Georgian Chest
Niall Smith Antiques
18th Century English Georgian Chest
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
18th century Georgian, Mahogany, serpentine fronted, four drawer chest
French Carved and Gilt Side Chair
Lawton Mull
French Carved and Gilt Side Chair
Unknown
Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Side Chairs
Linen, Wood
This beautifully carved Louis XV period side chair has been restored and reupholstered in an elegant gray Italian linen from Savel.
Pair of George III Giltwood Mirrors
Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd.
Pair of George III Giltwood Mirrors
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Georgian Wall Mirrors
Each with rectangular plate set within a conforming surround exuberantly carved with foliate C-scrolls, cabochons and rocaille decoration; the cresting centered by an out-stretched Ho-H...
Carved Rococo Gilt Mirror with Jester, Continental...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Rococo Wall Mirrors
Wood
This is an exceptionally well-developed and robustly carved mirror. It is very compact stylistically, and is continental and probably Italian. It is in excellent condition. The gilt wor...
An 18th Century Antique Saltglaze (Saltglazed) Cha...
Thomas Whieldon Pottery
Antique Mid-18th Century English Rococo Pottery
Stoneware
A mid 18th century white saltglaze dish with fine crisp press molded decoration of fruits, the body covered in a beautiful smoke like gray colored glaze. A basketweave pattern border fr...
A George II Walnut Open Armchair
Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Armchairs
With upholstered back and outswept padded armrests; raised on cabriole legs with C-scroll articulated knees and terminating in pad feet.
George III mahogany and oak fretwork hanging plate...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Shelves
Mahogany, Oak
George III mahogany and oak fretwork hanging plate rack, having a dentil moulded and shaped and pierced cornice and applied fret mounding to the front edges, with four shelves. English...
18th Century Irish Stool
Yew Tree House Antiques
18th Century Irish Stool
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Stools
Mahogany
George II Irish mahogany stool with associated needlework, the shaped apron over acanthus and scroll carved legs ending in pad feet, joined by turned stretcher base. Note: an identical...
Signed Couisineau Louis XVI Period Harp
Ambiance Antiques
Signed Couisineau Louis XVI Period Harp
Antique Late 18th Century French Rococo Musical Instruments
Louis XVI harp, of the period, signed by Paris master harp maker, Couisineau. Superb chinoiserie with gilding. Single action with crochet mechanism (Invented by Cousineau). Measures: 65...
George II Candlesticks by Paul de Lamerie
Paul de Lamerie
Antique 18th Century English George II Candle Holders
This rare and elegant pair of George II period silver candlesticks was crafted by renowned master silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Exhibiting the understated sophistication of the Georgian ...
English Chippendale Cuban Mahogany Game Table
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Side Tables
English Chippendale Cuban mahogany serpentine flip top game table with carved floral edge, corned fret work, and terminating on molded egg & dart legs with original barrel casters. Game...
Georgian Chest of Drawers On Carved Cabriole Legs ...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
An Irish Georgian chest on stand.The stand having cabriole legs with shells on the knees and hairy paw feet. The apron with a scalloped edge. Circa 1760.
Pair of Ormolu Candelabra
James Graham-Stewart Ltd.
Pair of Ormolu Candelabra
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Candle Holders
Ormolu
A fine pair of George III ormolu candelabra, circa 1775.
Chippendale mahogany and gilt looking glass
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors
Mahogany
Fine 18th century mahogany and gilt mirror with an original gilt basket finial, flower and vine side swags and a gilt incised inner border. This type of mirror was often used in 18th...
18th Century Painted Canapé
Skelton - St John
18th Century Painted Canapé
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Régence Sofas
Down, Upholstery, Wood
Antique 18th century canapé (sofa), Regence Period with later paint and newly upholstered with down-wrap cushion.
An Irish George II Mahogany Open Armchair
Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Armchairs
The elaborately carved back with serpentine crest rail above a pierced and interlaced splat finely carved with tassel-hung swags and issuing outward scrolling armrests terminating in ea...
Rare Pair of Parcel-Gilt Mahogany Chippendale Roco...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Chippendale Pier Mirrors and Conso...
These gilt mirrors make a sensational statement with elaborate carving on a mellow, well-aged mahogany substrate. Pairs are extremely rare, and these are of exceptionally large size, re...
George II Concertina Action Triple Top Card/Tea Ta...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Card Tables and Tea Tables
Mahogany
Mid 18th century George II triple top combination card and tea table, with the rare concertina action that makes the table easier to use then a gate leg table. This table has an e...
Pair of Red Lacquer Queen Anne Armchairs
George Subkoff Antiques, Inc.
Pair of Red Lacquer Queen Anne Armchairs
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Armchairs
Rare pair of Japanned red lacquer Queen Anne armchairs with chinoiserie decoration, vase shaped back splats and caned seats, over cabriole front legs with pad feet, down-swept rear legs...
Swedish Rococo SIlver Saucer
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Swedish Serving Pieces
Silver
Beautiful Swedish Rococo saucer standing on 4 legs. Decorated with pear beading and leaves.
Large Blue and White Faience Urn, France ca. 1750
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Vases and Vessels
Earthenware
A large blue and white tin-glazed Faience urn with twisted handles and central oriental scene. Dating from the mid 18th century and French in origin. For many more fine antiques, pl...
Pair of Fine Rococo Side Chairs
Laserow Antiques
Pair of Fine Rococo Side Chairs
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Swedish Side Chairs
Wood
A pair of Swedish Rococo side chairs from the west part of Sweden. Made during the Rococo period and upholstered in a chocolate brown suede.
Irish Mahogany Card Table
O'Sullivan Antiques
Irish Mahogany Card Table
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Irish Game Tables
Mahogany
18th century Irish mahogany card table with carved acanthus leaves on knees and carved scalloped shell on frieze.
Pair of 18th Century French Interior Doors
Skelton - St John
Pair of 18th Century French Interior Doors
Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Doors and Gates
Iron, Oak
Pair of hand planed, carved and scrubbed oak doors with original iron hardware, from Chateau de Gaston Phebus, in Sauveterre, France.
Pair Antique Irish Chippendale Carved Mahogany Gam...
Irish Chippendale Side Chairs
Beech, Mahogany, Upholstery
Pair of Very Fine Antique Chippendale Period Carved Mahogany Side Chairs, having shaped crest rails above a pierced fret carved back splat and moulded uprights, an over upholstered seat...
Fine 18th Century Baroque Chest of Drawers
Bonnin Ashley Antiques Inc
Fine 18th Century Baroque Chest of Drawers
Antique Late 18th Century Danish Baroque Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Baroque commode with serpentine front in burled walnut with embossed gilding. Chest is in two sections housing four drawers and is raised on a plinth base on cabriole feet. Has original...
A Fine George II Gilt Wood Mirror
George N Antiques
A Fine George II Gilt Wood Mirror
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors
A fine George II (Chippendale) elaborately carved gilt wood mirror with acanthus leaves, flowers and scrolls.
A George II Mahogany and Needlework Upholstered Li...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Armchairs
The rectangular back with serpentine crest rail upholstered in period gros- and petit-point needlework depicting a classical scene incorporating the goddess Juno attended by a peacock, ...
Venetian Marble Top Painted Console
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Console Tables
Marble
Painted Venetian console with a serpentine shape and the original marble top
English Walnut Queen Anne High Backed Corner Chair...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Armchairs
Walnut
Queen Anne walnut high back corner chair with a slip seat and a warm patina.
Dutch Kast or Linen Press in Walnut with Inlays, c...
Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Rococo Linen Presses
Brass, Walnut
A very fine Dutch Rococo kast or linen press in walnut and burled walnut with inlaid bandings in satinwood and all original brasses. Features an arched cornice with shaped cabinet doors...
Fully Developed Mahogany Chippendale Commode Stool...
Antique Mid-18th Century American Corner Chairs
Mahogany
This commode stool, which would otherwise appear to be a corner chair, is quite low to be a corner chair and meant, through its deep skirt, to hold a potty insert, which is now gone. It...
Set of eight Queen Anne chairs
George Subkoff Antiques, Inc.
Set of eight Queen Anne chairs
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Queen Anne Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
A good set of walnut Queen Anne side chairs having shaped backs, balloon seats and cabriole legs in walnut. 5 made in the period and 3 100 year old copies
George II Giltwood Marble Top "Bacchus" Console Ta...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Console Tables
The rectangular rosso onyx and portor marble-banded top with rounded corners over a frieze carved with C-scrolls and foliate pierced cabochons centered by a bearded Bacchus mask, festoo...
19th Century Giltwood Table with Later Marble Top,...
Antique 1830s English William IV Console Tables
Giltwood, Marble
19th Century Giltwood Table with Later Marble Top, After William Kent. Centered by mask representing Hercules and the Nemean Lion, with large swags supported on lions legs.
Set of 6 Mahogany Chippendale Side Chairs
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Dining Room Chairs
Mahogany
An impressive set of sidechairs with several of the characteristics most commonly attributed to Massachusetts including a cupids bow crest with voluted ears, a dramatic pierced splat ov...
Bliss Family Blockfront Desk
Jeffrey Tillou Antiques
Bliss Family Blockfront Desk
Antique 18th Century and Earlier American Chippendale Secretaires
Mahogany, Pine
A Fine Chippendale Blockfront Slant-Lid Desk Boston, Massachusetts Mahogany; pine secondary wood
Dutch Delft Garniture of Five Vases Painted in Cob...
3 Bells Factory
Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Rococo Vases and Vessels
Delft, Faience, Pottery
An 18th century garniture of five lovely Dutch delft vases: Three covered and a pair of trumpet vases all showing a brightly colored village scene with homes and a church. On the botto...
Large Meissen Plate
Antique 18th Century and Earlier German Porcelain
A beautiful Meissen plate with colorful "Deutche Blumen" (German Flowers). Molded edge.
An Irish George II Mahogany Console Table
Hyde Park Antiques, Ltd.
An Irish George II Mahogany Console Table
Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Console Tables
The rectangular verde antico marble top over the egg and dart molded edge and Greek key-carved frieze above the boldly shaped apron carved with scrolling foliage and C-scrolls on a trel...
Period Gilded French Regence Mirror
Alexander Westerhoff Antiques
Period Gilded French Regence Mirror
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors
Giltwood
Carved and Giltwood French Regence Mirror. Exquisitely Carved and Designed with Architectural and Stylized Columns, Shells and Festoons. Original and Well Aged Mirror Plates
Pair of 18th Century Italian Side Chairs
Lawton Mull
Pair of 18th Century Italian Side Chairs
Unknown
Antique 18th Century Italian Rococo Side Chairs
Giltwood, Leather, Wood
A pair of Italian Rococo green-painted and parcel-gilt carved side chairs sicily, circa 1750. In Mobili e Mobilieri nella Sicilia del Settecento the creation of these chairs are attr...
Carved Chippendale Card Table with Serpentine Apro...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Chippendale Card Tables and Tea Ta...
Mahogany
This is one of the finest English card tables we have handled. The top leaves are beautifully figured mahogany, the edges of which are superbly carved. American models of this type were...
Georgian-Style Rococo Giltwood Mirror with Open Cr...
Antique 19th Century Rococo Wall Mirrors
Giltwood, Mirror
Rococo Giltwood Mirror with Open Cresting. The frame with finely carved foliate scrolling and rosettes.
Rare Chelsea Porcelain Sunflower Dish, Red Anchor ...
Chelsea Porcelain
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Platters and Serveware
Porcelain
Rare Chelsea Porcelain Sunflower Dish, Naturally Styled, 18th Century, Bears Red Anchor Mark of 1755
18th Century Pair of Italian Parquetry Arbalete Co...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Rosewood, Satinwood
An important pair of 18th century Italian parquetry arbalete sans traverse commodes (dressers), each with two drawers and original locks, and embellished with intricate geometric patter...
Set of Four Highly Carved Chippendale Side Chairs
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Irish Dining Room Chairs
Mahogany
This is a very exuberantly carved set of chairs, the design of which relates, we feel, more to Irish furniture than English with the highly decorative carving found throughout. These ch...
Rare 18th Century European Porcelain Pug Form Snuf...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Porcelain
Small and Rare 18th Century Pug Form Snuff Bottle. Dresden or Chelsea
Rare Figured Maple Desk on Frame, Rhode Island
Antique 18th Century and Earlier American Desks
Desks on frame are the rarest of the American slant top desks, according to the preeminent dealers, Israel sack, who illustrates just such a desk. The cabriole leg on ours is very strai...
18th Century Chandelier Made by Real Fabrica de Cr...
Real Fábrica de Cristales de La Granja
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Spanish Rococo Chandeliers and Pendants
Blown Glass, Glass, Iron
An Important Antique 18th century Spanish Three Tier Eight Light Blown Glass Chandelier, Made by the Real Fabrica de Cristales de La Granja for the Palacio Domecq in Jerez de la Fronter...
Pair of 18th Century Giltwood Mirrors with Farm An...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Wall Mirrors
Giltwood
A pair of fourth quarter of the 18th century Italian transitional Rococo to neoclassical Empire giltwood mirrors, both retaining their original mercury glass plates, crested with victor...
English Georgian Mahogany Card Table
O'Sullivan Antiques
English Georgian Mahogany Card Table
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Card Tables and Tea Tables
Mahogany
Georgian mahogany fold over card table. Hepplewhite.