Rococo Revival

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Rococo Revival Parlor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

Rococo Revival was a nineteenth-century furniture style, based on Rococo, and characterized by curved silhouettes and ornate carving. Its best-known maker in the United States was John Henry Belter.

It began as a "Modern French" style in England in the 1820s, drawing on baroque elements of Louis XVI and Louis XV furniture, and developed in France in the 1830s under Louis Philippe. The style was popularized at the 1851 Crystal Palace Exposition in London, and at expositions in New York in 1853, and Paris in 1855.

Belter (1804-1863) was a German-born cabinetmaker who patented a process for making laminated furniture. Thin layers of different woods were glued together, bent under steam pressure, and pressed into molds, then carved. This was stronger and far cheaper than traditional carving, and could be mass-produced.