Rococo

Britain, Room 53a & 53b

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Rococo emerged in France in the 1720s and remained the predominant design style until it fell out of fashion in the 1770s. Excessively flamboyant and characterised by a curved asymmetric ornamentation and a use of natural motifs, Rococo was a style without rules. Compared to the order, refinement and seriousness of the Classical style, Rococo was seen as superficial, degenerate and illogical.

Collection Highlights

mantua
Mantua, 1740 – 45, England
armchair
Cosway Sitter's chair, by Matthias Lock, about 1755, London, England
panelled room
Norfolk House Music Room, 1748 – 56, London, England
mirror
Mirror, designed by Thomas Chippendale Sr, 1762 – 65, London, England
girandole
Girandole (wall light), designed by Thomas Johnson, 1760 – 65, London, England
drawing
Design for a chimney piece, plate no.179 in The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, by Thomas Chippendale, about 1753 – 62, London, England
plate
Plate, by Bow Porcelain Factory, about 1756, London, England
design
Design for a woven silk, made by Anna Maria Garthwaite, 1749, Spitalfields, London
kettle
Kettle, by Paul de Lamerie, 1730 – 31, London, England
coffee pot
Coffee pot, manufactured by Bow Porcelain Factory, about 1760 – 65, London, England
candlestand
Candlestand, designed by Thomas Johnson, 1756 – 60, London, England
vase
Vase, by Derby Porcelain factory, 1758 – 60, Britain
clock
Clock, made by John Ellicott, 1740 – 50, London, England

Features

Background image: Mirror, Thomas Chippendale, 1762 – 65, London. Museum no. 2388-1855. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London