The Rococo Interior
Rococo emerged in France in the early years of the 18th century. It was a style of great originality in the field of decorative art and design and expressed itself particularly in the creation of the domestic interior. The style is characterised by its organic nature, the serpentine movement of its composition and its rejection of classical, architectural principles. It reflects a liking for smaller, more intimate rooms and a more relaxed and informal way of life, which spread from France to the rest of Europe. Taking motifs based on plant tendrils, shells and flowing water combined with chinoiserie figures, designers and craftsmen worked together to produce interiors of unprecedented elegance and sophistication.
Lecture by Jane Gardiner