What is the meaning of the furniture term Rocaille?

Rocaille is a furniture term that refers to a decorative style prevalent in the 18th century. It is characterized by the use of asymmetrical and curving forms, intricate ornamentation, and a lavish display of natural motifs such as shells, leaves, and flowers. The Rocaille style emerged during the Rococo period and was influenced by the natural forms found in nature. It is often associated with luxury and opulence, with furniture pieces featuring elaborate carvings and gilded accents. Earlier term for the Rococo style.
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