Rococo Style Antique French Furniture
The Rococo style of French antique furniture began in the 18th century. It came about as a result of the Baroque artists of the time casting aside their obsession with symmetry and turning to a more aqueous and lucid style. They began focusing on interiors of palatial French mansions of Louis XV’s reign and into the beginning of Louis XVI’s.
The popularity of the Rococo style reached its crescendo in the 1730′s, at this stage its usage had become widespread in French culture and began being used in paintings and sculptures and not just in furniture and architecture. It never caught on in England as it was regarded as too “French”. It did however spread throughout the continent of Europe and became the most popular style of its day, with many palaces in Germany and Portugal being decorated in the Rococo Style.
To this day the style is copied, adapted and reinterpreted in the furniture and interior design world. Original Rococo style items from the 1700′s are rare to find but the majority of Rococo style antiques we deal with here at Frenchfinds, are highly crafted reproductions from the late 1800′s or early 1900′s which are equally beautiful.
For the most part, Rococo is an exclusively interior style, mainly due to the fact that even for the aristocratic classes, moving back to Paris from the Palaces in the country side, redecorating the exterior of their houses would have proved costly.
The popularity of Rococo style of French antique furniture has proven to be no surprise whatsoever to us at Frenchfinds as it’s so wonderfully decorative and unique. All of our pieces are original and unique, hand carved with some fantastic detailing each with its own personality imbued through the carver. That distinctive shell-like crest will always stick out like a beacon symbolising style, finesse and universal fashion delicacy.