American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the rococo style in architecture, furniture, and decoration of the reign of Louis XV.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An epithet designating the style of French architecture and decoration which succeeded the Louis-Quatorze style, and characterized the reign of Louis XV. (1715-74). In it the peculiarities of the preceding style are carried to extremes; the severe sense of proportion and measure which always characterized the magnificence of the seventeenth century is replaced by a complete disregard of symmetry and of the interdependence of masses, by an elongated treatment of the foliations of the scroll, and by a profusion of shell-work of crimped and fantastic but meaningless conventionality. In its most debased and tawdry form, ornament of this style is termed rococo.
- French. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The spinet, the Persian carpets, the Louis Quinze sofa and chairs, the Regency escritoire.”
“One of the first hotel-keepers in Rome complained piteously to me of a wealthy American family, occupying the Piano Nobile of his house, whose children habitually dragged his magnificent gilt and silk brocade Louis Quinze armchairs on their backs over the floors for carriages, of which nuisance he complained in vain to their parents.”
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