The word Rococo is derived from the French word rocaille, meaning stone, and coquilles, which means shell.
Rococo is an 18th century style and is mainly associated with the reign of Louis XV and is a post-Baroque development in France.
Characteristics of the style are lightness, asymmetry, elegance and a minute attention to detail. Decorative accents inspired by organic forms such as plants, shells and flowers are quite prominent in the Rococo style.
|Marie Antoinettes Private Room, Versailles|
One of the first significant appearances of the style was in the bedroom of Louis XIV at Versailles which was redecorated in 1701, a step away from the Baroque grandeur of the palace.
One of the lasting elements of the Rococo style is the cabriole leg which was a common feature in Rococo furniture.