Classy French Rococo Furniture
While old-fashioned furniture may be referred to as antique, there are in fact many different styles of furniture appearing throughout history, often representing a certain period in time. One of the most popular is French Rococo furniture. This furniture was excessive, elaborate, fanciful and made use of curves. French Rococo furniture, art and architecture were built on curves and more curves. Everything Rococo was sensuous and sinuous, reflecting a less serious, more frivolous lifestyle. Through the Baroque period the adherence to symmetry prevailed. Then master craftsmen devised a way to create different design elements on each side of a piece of furniture, without losing a sense of balance. The riches of the French coffers and new trade routes with Asia allowed the middle class to enjoy every luxury available. Special artisans carved ebony as decoration. Some worked tortoise shell and ivory into beautiful scenes in marquetry. Some specialized in applying Chinese laquer; others applied brass and gold to the furniture.
Chairs and sofas were upholstered in fine silks and brocades in rich colors and floral patterns imported from the Orient. French Rococo was popular during the first half of the 18th century, at first in France and then later in other European countries, especially Germany. The style was revived in the middle of the 19th century when it became popular to collect 18th century French Rococo furniture.