The Rococo and the Rococo Revival

An ornately decorated tea pot with detail on the handle, base, spout and lid.

The Rococo style came to England from France in the 1730s and 1740s. Designers used curling scrolls shaped like a letter C or S.

They deliberately avoided symmetry. They often used the shapes of natural rocks and shells. They designed decorative frames called cartouches and loved bright colours highlighted with gold.

The Rococo style went out of fashion after 1770 but came back around 1830, becoming even wilder than before.