Rococo

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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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...
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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...
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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...
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Pair of Chippendale Period Carved Rococo Giltwood ...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Chippendale Wall Lights and Sconce...
Pine, Gesso, Gold Leaf
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...
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A Rare Dutch Burl Walnut Sarcophagus Commode
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Dutch Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
All of the crisply carved elements (the feet, acanthus leaf corners, and center shell) are executed in boxwood. The quarter-veneered and hinged top is outlined by cross-banding which in...
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French Regence Giltwood Bracket
Glen Dooley Antiques
French Regence Giltwood Bracket
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Wall Brackets
Giltwood
With a break-front shaped top above a leaf tip carved border decorated with lappets flanked by male terminals with drapery swags, continuing to a pierced backrest centered by a mask and...
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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
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18th Century Louis XV Barometer
Petricia Thompson Antiquites d' Europe
18th Century Louis XV Barometer
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Barometers
Wood, Glass
Gilded wood carved barometer with flower motif topped with kissing colombes under a flower garland
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George III Mahogany Piecrust Tilt Top Table
English George III Dessert Tables and Tilt-top Tables
Mahogany
George III Mahogany Piecrust Tilt Top Table.
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A small oval carved and Carton Pierre mirror
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Georgian Wall Mirrors
Wood, Glass
A fine small carved and Carton Pierre oval neoclassical mirror, crested by a double c-scoll, framed in rocaille, the inner border with carved husks. The period glass plate is original.
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A Pair of Tall Georgian Library Globes
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Globes
Wood, Paper
Richard Cushee (d. 1732) A Pair of Tall Georgian Library Globes London Globes circa 1730, stands circa 1750 A Pair of English 15 Inch Library Globes The Terrestrial, with figur...
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A Fine Chippendale Serpentine Carved Mahogany Pier...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Console Tables
Mahogany
A George II serpentine pier table of the finest quality in the marlborough manner. The single board figural mahogany top conforms to a serpentine shaped case with cyma curved sides. The...
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Embroidered Wall Hanging Tapestry, Early 18th Century
Sarajo
Embroidered Wall Hanging Tapestry, Early 18th Cent...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Tapestries
Silk
Sumptuous and monumental in size, this wall hanging was made in France in the first half of the 18th century and, judging by its height, most likely commissioned by the royal court. Emb...
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Oval Rococo Mirror, Crested with a Carved Floral B...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Rococo Pier Mirrors and Console Mi...
Oval rococo mirror, crested with a carved floral basket and supported with scrolls and trailing flowers, having a double c-scroll at the base. Regilded with a period glass plate. Minor...
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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.
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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
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An Italian Carved Polychrome Figure of a Putto Sit...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Statues
Provenance: Provenance: Private Collection Paris
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A Set Of Three Swedish Rococo Carved Giltwood Armc...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Swedish Armchairs
Giltwood
Two with branded GH marks. One stamped G.H.C. 966 and one with G.H.C. 992 , 49 and painted with effaced numbers. These elegant rococo chairs are of commodious size and reflect the r...
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A 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...
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18th Century Italian Walnut Demilune Console Table...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Demi-lune Tables
Walnut
A magnificent Italian Demi lune solid walnut Console Table. This Table is unique because the top is one solid plank of wood even though it is 53 inches wide and 23 inches deep. The half...
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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...
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An 18th Century Antique-Saltglaze (Saltglazed) Cha...
Thomas Whieldon Pottery
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Rococo Platters and Serveware
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...
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Bristol Porcelain Hexagonal Frill Vase
Leo Kaplan Ltd.
Bristol Porcelain Hexagonal Frill Vase
Bristol Porcelain
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Vases and Vessels
A rare Bristol porcelain hexagonal frill vase, the body and cover with applied woman's heads, ribbons, flowers and shells and brightly painted
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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.
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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...
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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...
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Signed Couisineau Louis XVI Period Harp
Ambiance Antiques
Signed Couisineau Louis XVI Period Harp
Antique 18th Century and Earlier 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...
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George II Candlesticks by Paul de Lamerie
Paul de Lamerie
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English 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 ...
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A George II Carved Mahogany Library Armchair
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Armchairs
Mahogany
The rectangular upholstered backrest with serpentine top flanked by padded and downswept armrests carved with rosettes and leafy terminals, the upholstered seat raised on cabriole legs ...
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Rare English Saltglazed Stoneware Covered Milk jug...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Tea Sets
Pottery
A rare English saltglazed stoneware pectin shell form covered milk jug on three shell feet, small section of blue slip decoration
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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...
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A Pair of Rococo Giltwood Mirrors
Glen Dooley Antiques
A Pair of Rococo Giltwood Mirrors
Antique Mid-18th Century Unknown Rococo Wall Mirrors
Giltwood
Each with a rectangular mirror plate within a conforming molded border, surrounded by pierced foliate C and S-scrolls.
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An Unusual Continental Carved Wall Bracket
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Wall Brackets
Carved with figures, foliage and scrolls
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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.
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A pair of Italian Giltwood Etched Mirrors with Sco...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Girandoles
Giltwood, Glass, Wrought Iron
A pair of Italian wall sconces with assymetric giltwood rococo frames, original etched mirror plates and iron and wood sconce arms. Italian, 18th century.
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A George III Inlaid Mahogany Serpentine Sideboard ...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Serving Tables
Mahogany
A George III inlaid mahogany serpentine sideboard table with matched flame veneered frieze and crossbanded edge raised on square tapered legs ending in spade feet. English, circa 1780.
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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.
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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...
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An Assembled Pair Of George III Mahogany Library A...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Armchairs
Mahogany
Each padded serpentine backrest above an overupholstered seat flanked by padded armrests with acanthus- and scroll-carved handholds on acanthus-carved voluted supports, raised on caboch...
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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.
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French Louis XV Period Commode Stamped "J.B. Saunier"
Trianon Antiques
French Louis XV Period Commode Stamped "J.B. Sauni...
J. B. Saunier
Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Bronze, Marble
A lovely French Louis XV period commode with parquetry detailing, exuberant rococo gilded bronze mounts and breche d'alep marble top (Circa 1750), stamped by the listed 18th century ebe...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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George II Walnut Console Table
Clinton Howell Antiques
George II Walnut Console Table
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English George II Console Tables
Mahogany, Marble
A George II walnut console table with exceptional proportion having an original gold veined Portor marble top. The frieze is crotch veneered with egg and dart molding at the top and sma...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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Pair Antique Irish Chippendale Carved Mahogany Sid...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Irish Chippendale Side Chairs
Mahogany, Beech, 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...
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Fine 18th Century Baroque Chest of Drawers
Bonnin Ashley Antiques Inc
Fine 18th Century Baroque Chest of Drawers
Antique 18th Century and Earlier Danish Baroque Commodes and Chests of Draw...
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...
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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.
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An Unusual Pair of English George II Giltwood Corn...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Wall Brackets
A very unusual pair of large George II giltwood corner brackets with acanthus leaf and floral carved bodies and retaining the original forged iron hangers. These brackets were designed ...
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Chippendale Claw and Ball Foot Stool
George Subkoff Antiques, Inc.
Chippendale Claw and Ball Foot Stool
Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Stools
Mahogany
English Chippendale claw and ball foot stool with a shaped skirt and leaf carved cabriole legs
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Dutch Kast or Linen Press in Walnut with Inlays, c...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier 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...
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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, ...
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Fully Developed Mahogany Chippendale Commode Stool...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier American Corner Chairs
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...
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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
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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
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