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Rococo Busts

ROCOCO STYLE

Rococo was an aesthetic movement in the fine and decorative arts in the 18th century that found its inspiration in nature and fostered an overall lightness and delicacy of form, construction and ornament in interior design. Rococo furniture, while greatly influenced by trends in Italy and Germany, 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.

When it comes to authentic Rococo furniture's characteristics, it 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 on 1stDibs demonstrate, its playful, sculptural forms can provide visual excitement to contemporary, clean-lined spaces.

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Style: Rococo
Very Fine French 19th Century White Marble Bust of a Young Beauty by René Rozet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine and large French 19th century white marble bust of a young beauty, purported to be a young "Marie Antoinette" (Queen of France 1755-1793), by René Rozet...
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19th Century French Antique Rococo Busts

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Carrara Marble, Siena Marble

Rococo Reverie: 18th Century Terracotta Busts from France
Located in BARCELONA, ES
Transport your imagination to the splendor of the 18th century with our captivating pair of terracotta busts, straight from the French eleganc...
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18th Century Antique Rococo Busts

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Terracotta

Gabriele Parente Bronze Bust
By Gabriel Parente
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful Italian Bronze bust of a lady in a hat. Signed by sculptor Gabriele Parente (see photo) (1875-1899). This is a classic, but whimsical twist on bronze busts that would be pe...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Rococo Busts

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Bronze

Albert Carrier-Belleuse "Allegory"
Located in Madrid, ES
Albert Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887) "Allegory". French sculpture from the 18th century In rotating gilt bronze. Stands on a marble base. Signe...
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19th Century French Antique Rococo Busts

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Bronze

Albert Carrier-Belleuse Pair of French Five-Fire Candelabra, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Albert Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887) Pair of French five-fire candelabra from the 19th century. in gilded bronze. Decorated with female figures, on a marble base. Signed. Me...
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19th Century French Antique Rococo Busts

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Bronze

Large Pair of 19th Century Meissen Porcelain "Day & Night" Figures of Putti
Located in New York, NY
A Fantastic and Large Pair of 19th Century Meissen Porcelain "Day & Night" Figures of Putti. Each is beautifully hand-carved and hand-painted by the finest Meissen artists. They are both gorgeous with draped attire and a plethora of various day and night based attributes. Day is seen wearing a pink...
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1870s German Antique Rococo Busts

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Porcelain

French Sevres Biscuit Porcelain Figure of a Nude "Le Repos" After Alfred Boucher
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine French Sevres biscuit (Bisc) porcelain figure of a recumbent nude lady titled "Le Repos" after a model by Alfred Boucher (French, 1850-1934) Sensually depicting a young w...
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1910s French Vintage Rococo Busts

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Porcelain

Terracotta Bust of King Louis XV After Lemoyne
Located in New Orleans, LA
Presenting a regal yet approachable portrait of France’s Louis XV, this terracotta bust is modeled after Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne’s sculpture of the king executed in 1757, which now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This version is executed in meticulous detail, with the king donning his cuirass decorated with the cross of the Holy Ghost and a draper tied under his tie. His head is turned slightly, giving the portrait a more casual, realistic feel, yet there is no mistaking his position of power in this confident portrayal. Louis XV, also called “Louis the Beloved,” ruled as King of France from September 1, 1715 until his death in 1774, succeeding his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five. Until the young Louis...
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19th Century Antique Rococo Busts

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Terracotta

19th Century Glazed Terracotta Bust of Countess du Barry after Augustin Pajou
By Augustin Pajou
Located in Vero Beach, FL
This large bust, depicting the Countess du Barry, was made after the 18th century original by Augustin Pajou. It is in the Louvre collection. He was ...
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19th Century French Antique Rococo Busts

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Terracotta

Italian 19th Century Lifesize Marble Sculpture Titled "Searching for Love"
By Vito Pardo
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine museum quality Italian 19th century lifesize marble sculpture titled "Searching for Love" by Vito Pardo (Italian, born in Venice in 1872) D...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Rococo Busts

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Marble, Bronze

Rare 18th Century Meissen Porcelain Group of a Thalia with a Harlequin Child
Located in New York, NY
An important, extremely rare, and rather large 18th century Meissen Porcelain Group of a Thalia with a Harlequin Child, By Johann Joachim (J.J.) Kändler, Circa: 1744. This is an incredible and extremely rare 18th century Meissen Porcelain piece modeled by the greatest Meissen modeler ever in the Company, Johann Joachim (J.J.) Kändler. Thalia can be seen seated on a gorgeous hand-carved and hand-painted flowered and vined porcelain pedestal. Her right arm is raised holding a Phantom of the Opera Black and White Mask, while in her other arm is a young Harlequin dancing and singing holding a hat. Thalia is wearing a gilt-edged dark blue bodice with white floral decorations over a black corset draped in a red-over-yellow robe...
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18th Century German Antique Rococo Busts

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Porcelain

Pair of Italian Venetrian Porcelain Clown Busts
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian Venetian style (20th Cent) porcelain busts of clowns wearing a black mask resting on a low pedestal.   
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20th Century Rococo Busts

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Porcelain

French 19th Century Carved Marble Sculpture of a Young Boy Prince on a Pillow
By Jean-Baptiste Pigalle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine and charming French 19th century carved white marble sculpture of a young prince seated on a pillow with tassels. In the manner of Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (French, 1714-178...
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19th Century French Antique Rococo Busts

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Marble

Pair of Early French Terracotta Figures of Pomona and a Girl, Signed Clodion
Located in New York, NY
A fantastic pair of 18th/19th century French terracotta figures of Pomona and a Girl Carrying Fruit in her Skirt, Signed Clodion. These excep...
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1790s French Antique Rococo Busts

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Terracotta

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18th Century Grand Tour Bust of Tasso
Located in Miami Beach, FL
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Rococo busts for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Rococo busts for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Early 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage busts created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include decorative objects, serveware, ceramics, silver and glass and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with ceramic, bronze and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Rococo busts made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Germany pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original busts, popular names associated with this style include Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Meissen Porcelain, Claude Michel Clodion, and Etienne Henri Dumaige. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for busts differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,700 and tops out at $195,000 while the average work can sell for $17,471.

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