Rocaille


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Rocaille

A small ornament combining forms based on water-worn rocks, plants and shells, characteristic of the 18th-century Rococo period, especially during the reign of Louis XV.
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rocaille

An ornament, usually asymmetrical, consisting of rock, plant, and shell forms in combination with artificial forms; widely used during the 18th century when Rococo was popular.
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Its large, detachable collar is embroidered in a leaf motif comprising silver bugle beads and crystal rocaille beads.
His gravestone (figure 4) from 1838 features Ionic columns, with ornamental plant designs along the edges, and a small shell (Rocaille) in the gable--all Rococo elements typical of the day and appearing on the gravestones of the other wealthy, urban members of the middle-class.
The pair is also illustrated in the Duke of Northumberland's archives as being in the collection at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, and were recently removed from Syon House, Middlesex." The mirrors employ the language of the rococo in the form of rocaille, floral and shell-like forms, and c-scrolls, yet retain a baroque sense of massivity and balance.
Autour, se dressent les grises collines de rocaille au sous-sol riche en minerai, comme celle sous laquelle sont prisonniers depuis 37 jours les 33 mineurs de San Jose, par 700 metres de fond.
The natural waist featured bugle beads, pearls, sequins, and rocaille, an embellishment that flowed continuously onto both the A-line skirt and chapel-length train.
Todas as cenas sao inscritas no centro de uma cartela cujas bordas sao definidas pelo famoso elemento decorativo de origem francesa, a rocaille.
Les initiatives incluent des conferences; des activities geologiques, comme le lavage de gravier pour sepater de l'or; le developpement d'un jardin de rocaille; la production de livres a themes geologiques pour enfants et adultes; des programmes pour iPod; et la participation a des exhibitions de pierres precieuses, des festivals de l'eau souterraine et auters activites publiques.
Hertel's essay on Wincklemann's dilemma--his search for allegory in Greek art and his broader quest for the Greek spirit in the face of the playful allegories rocaille of his own age--not only reiterates the challenges of reading and writing about allegory, but also makes for an interesting episode in the history of the study of art history.