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Rococo Folk Art

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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18th Century Italian Speckled Gold and Silver Leaf Carved Tassels 'Group of 5'
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian hand carved speckled gold and silver leaf tassels. The tassels originally came from an Italian church in Tuscany and were used during feast days. These tassels w...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Gold Leaf, Metal

18th Century Italian Rococo Silver Leaf Hand Carved Tassels 'Group of 5'
By Interi
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian hand carved silver leaf tassels. The tassels originally came from an Italian church in Tuscany and were used during feast days. These tassels were commonly used ...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Metal, Gold Leaf

Pair of 18th Century Italian Rococo Gold Leaf Hand Carved Tassels
By Interi
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
Pair of 18th century Italian hand carved gold leaf tassels. They are two of the same shape of tassel but in two different sizes - one big (8.5 inches tall) and the other smaller (6.5...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Gold Leaf, Metal

Wooden 19th Century Polychrome Sculpture Of A Medieval Tower
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An early 19th century hand carved and painted sculpture of a medieval tower in wood.
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1790s Belgian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Hardwood

18th Century Italian Gold Leaf Rococo Tassel Ornament
By Interi
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian gold leaf tassel ornament. These tassels were once used to decorate churches for feast days like Christmas. They are hand-carved and hand-painted. French and Ita...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Gold Leaf, Metal

Swedish Blue Painted 3 Person Rococo Sofa Settee, circa 1780-1790
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large three person Rococo sofa in blue hand painted decoration in great sturdy condition.
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Wood

Pair of 18th Century Portraits of Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Theresa
By Martin van Meytens
Located in Essex, MA
Pair of oil portraits of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I of Austria 18th century, in the manner of Martin van Meytens (Dutch/Swedish, 1695-1770), oil on canvas, Franci...
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Late 18th Century Austrian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Paint

Mora Clock with Floral Crest
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Blue painted Mora clock with calendar movement, Sweden circa 1850. The face has beautiful brass hands over a dial signed “Johon Stähl.” The bonnet is topped with a carved crown with ...
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Mid-19th Century Swedish Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Brass, Steel

Beautifully Painted Clock from Hälsingland
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Swedish tall case clock in original decorative paint. The original works with signed dial are from the village of Mora and were probably carried back to Ljusdal where the case was ma...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Wood

18th Century Delft Trumpet Shaped Vase
Located in Copenhagen, K
Late 18th century blue and white Dutch delft vase is painted with a traditional design in cobalt blue.
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Late 18th Century Dutch Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Delft

18th Century Italian Rococo Mecca Hand Carved Tassels 'Group of 5'
By Interi
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian hand carved mecca tassels. The tassels originally came from an Italian church in Tuscany and were used during feast days. These tassels were commonly used to ado...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Metal, Silver Leaf

18th Century Italian Rococo Gold Leaf Hand Carved Tassels 'Group of 5'
By Interi
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian hand carved gold leaf tassels. The tassels originally came from an Italian church in Tuscany and were used during feast days. These tassels were commonly used to...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Gold Leaf, Metal

18th Century French Chest of Drawers Commode
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A Louis XV period commode bombé with original paint remains. This chest of drawers is beautifully sculpted out of well grained chestnut. Additionally to the curved lines it has a inl...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Chestnut

John Widdicomb Venetian Hand Painted Polychrome Chest of Drawers
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
A beautiful John Widdicomb hand painted Venetian 3 Drawer chest. Faux marble painted top. The front of the chest is hand carved and painted in a fabulous green and gilt gold unique p...
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20th Century American Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Wood

Exceptional 18th Century Rocking Horse
Located in Helsingborg, SE
Exceptional 18th century Swedish wooden rocking horse in original color with great proportions and detail, circa 1750 The condition is very good. The horse is structurally good an...
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Mid-18th Century Swedish Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Wood

Danish Blue And White Painted Rococo Vitrine Display Case
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Danish blue and white painted Rococo vitrine display case.
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Late 18th Century Danish Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Wood

18th Century Italian Rococo Gold Leaf Hand Carved Tassels 'Group of 5'
By Interi
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian hand carved gold leaf tassels. The tassels originally came from an Italian church in Tuscany and were used during feast days. These tassels were commonly used to...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Gold Leaf, Metal

Small Swedish 18th Century Primitive Rococo Folk Art Armchair
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An 18th century Rococo Folk Art armchair from the typical main Swedish folk art category furniture  
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Mid-18th Century Swedish Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Wood

18th Century Italian Grey Painted Rococo Sofa or Settee
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Italian late 18th century grey painted Rococo sofa Complimentary delivery to most areas of London, UK.
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Late 18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Wood

Danish 18th Century Gilded Freemason Guild Rococo Mirror
Located in Copenhagen, K
Fantastic Rococo Ealdorman mirror, with incredible gilded carvings of carpenters tools. Made for or by a ealdorman.
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Late 18th Century Danish Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Wood

Tournai ‘Bacchus’ Figure Group, Multi-Figures and a Large Barrel, Tournai
Located in Geelong, Victoria
Large French porcelain group, depicting Bacchus and his revelling band, each with grapevines in their hair and a drink in hand, one re-filling from the barrel Bacchus is seated on, m...
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1760s French Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Porcelain

18th Century Painted Rococo Side Table with Brass Tray
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Beautiful Danish blue and white decorated Rococo table with a heavy brass tabletop tray.
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Late 18th Century Danish Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Brass

Pair of Italian Carved Wood and Silver Gilt Floral Prickets, Circa 1750
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of Italian carved wood, gesso, and silver gilt floral prickets with centered spikes for candles, bulbous ring columns with bead work, and terminating on stylized lions paws feet...
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1750s Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Vienna Group, 17th Century Couple, circa 1765
Located in Geelong, Victoria
Vienna group of a gallant and lady, she dressed in a blue and yellow bodice and wide flowery skirt with bright yellow petticoat, blue shoes on her feet, he in a pink jacket and pants...
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1760s Austrian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Porcelain

18th Century Italian Gold Leaf Rococo Tassel Ornaments 'Group of 5'
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
18th century Italian gold leaf tassel ornaments. These were once used to decorate churches for feast days like Christmas. They are hand-carved and hand-painted. French and Italian de...
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Gold Leaf

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Sculptural 18th Century Italian Hand Carved Mecca Tassel on Chalcopyrite
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

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18th Century Italian Mecca Hand-Carved Tassels on an Antique Braid
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18th Century Italian Hand-Carved Gold Leaf Angel Wing on a Smokey Quartz Cluster
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Early 18th Century Floral Still Life, Piedmontese School with a Dog and Bird
Located in valatie, NY
An early 18th century floral still life, Piedmontese School with a dog wearing a bell collar and a bird. Framed oil on canvas. The hand painted frame appears to be original.
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

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Canvas, Wood

18th Century Italian Gold Leaf Rococo Tassel Ornaments 'Group of 5'
Located in Dublin, Dalkey
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18th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

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Gold Leaf

Classical and Opulent Pair of Rococo Ceramics and Copper Alloy Candleholders
Located in Leuven , BE
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20th Century French Rococo Folk Art

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Located in Haddonfield, NJ
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1920s European Vintage Rococo Folk Art

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  • Pair of Swedish Grey Painted Bergere Armchairs
  • Pair of Swedish Grey Painted Bergere Armchairs
  • Pair of Swedish Grey Painted Bergere Armchairs
  • Pair of Swedish Grey Painted Bergere Armchairs
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Original Painted Folk Art Swedish Box, Dated 1797
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
An original painted Swedish Folk Art wooden box dated 1797. From a higher level of folk art painting with a royal crown, rococo "rocaille" decorations, birds and the word "ano" for y...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Rococo Folk Art

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Pine

  • Original Painted Folk Art Swedish Box, Dated 1797
  • Original Painted Folk Art Swedish Box, Dated 1797
  • Original Painted Folk Art Swedish Box, Dated 1797
  • Original Painted Folk Art Swedish Box, Dated 1797
H 8.67 in. W 19.3 in. D 13.39 in.
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Located in Oklahoma City, OK
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19th Century Italian Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Stockholm Clock by Johan Nyberg
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Swedish tall case clock by Johan Nyberg, master clock maker active in Stockholm from 1787 to 1801. The clockworks are more advanced than most examples from the period, having an inte...
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Rococo Folk Art

Materials

Brass

  • Stockholm Clock by Johan Nyberg
  • Stockholm Clock by Johan Nyberg
  • Stockholm Clock by Johan Nyberg
  • Stockholm Clock by Johan Nyberg
H 92 in. W 26 in. D 10 in.
Swedish 18th Century Blue Painted Rococo Cabinet, Circa 1760
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish blue painted rococo cabinet, circa 1760 The cabinet has two shelves in each of the upper and lower sections. The paint is partly original and partly retouched.   
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Late 18th Century Swedish Antique Rococo Folk Art

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Pine

Danish Rococo Chess Game Side Table
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Danish Rococo chess game table with some period chess pieces.
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Late 18th Century Danish Antique Rococo Folk Art

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Wood

  • Danish Rococo Chess Game Side Table
  • Danish Rococo Chess Game Side Table
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Diminutive Late 18th Century Paint Decorated Continental Cabinet
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