The Revival of Rococo
This month at Homes & Antiques it’s been all things Rococo Revival in my column! It's now up and you can read more about this interesting era, which is often confused with its forerunner, the 18th Century Rococo era, but was of course inspired by that.
However, there was a big difference between these two cultural streams: while the Rococo was for the bored and ultra-wealthy nobility and royalty who felt ensnared in their court protocols and yearned for fun, lightness and a bit of naughty pleasure, the Rococo Revival was all about the new 19th Century industrial middle class, their large families and their homes. Stunning and often over-the-top tableware and decorative items were churned out in huge quantities for this new middle class, who could now afford porcelain and wanted to show it off to their many visitors.
And after the strict simplicity and discipline of Neoclassical designs in which less was more, who wouldn't want to splash out with unpredictable shapes, flowing and curling and asymmetrical, with lots of deep, bright colours and lots of gilt? No shape was too outlandish for the Rococo Revival and particularly the decorative items such as vases and other vessels were made in elegant shapes that seemed to have grown in your backyard rather than be drawn on a designer's pad.
You can read all about this interesting era in the magazine... and I have many Rococo Revival items in my shop, so have a browse!
To read the column in Homes & Antiques
For a discounted subscription, head to Homes & Antiques, it is a wonderful magazine and you will be able to catch my monthly column about British porcelain. You can get a discounted subscription and order a free copy here. The free issue contains an interview with myself and several other collectors. The magazine is delivered all over the world but you can also get a digital subscription.
Where to find stock
You can find all my available items here, and if you want to stay up to date with new additions, find me on Instagram, where I put up pictures with a story several times a week.
Happy weekend, and don't be shy... be a bit Rococo! 💃🏻🌸
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