*Rococo Revisited
Side table, ca. 1740
After a design by Matthias Lock (English, ca. 1710–1770)
Carved gilt pine with verde antico marble veneered top

Although Lock is best known for his designs in an English version of the French Rococo style, this particular drawing is in the bold manner associated with the English Palladian movement. Propagated in early eighteenth-century England by the architect and designer William Kent and his patron Lord Burlington, this architectural style also affected furniture design. The large shell motifs, classical masks, lion’s paws, curling acanthus leaves, and running Vitruvian scroll on these tables are all characteristic of the style. Originally  these tables were specifically acquired for the dining room of Kirtlington Park, near Oxford,  widely regarded as one of the most beautiful Rococo rooms in England; now permanently installed at the Met Museum. Oscar de la Renta Ltd. Gift, 2007 

Side table, ca. 1740

After a design by Matthias Lock (English, ca. 1710–1770)

Carved gilt pine with verde antico marble veneered top

Although Lock is best known for his designs in an English version of the French Rococo style, this particular drawing is in the bold manner associated with the English Palladian movement. Propagated in early eighteenth-century England by the architect and designer William Kent and his patron Lord Burlington, this architectural style also affected furniture design. The large shell motifs, classical masks, lion’s paws, curling acanthus leaves, and running Vitruvian scroll on these tables are all characteristic of the style. Originally  these tables were specifically acquired for the dining room of Kirtlington Park, near Oxford,  widely regarded as one of the most beautiful Rococo rooms in England; now permanently installed at the Met Museum. Oscar de la Renta Ltd. Gift, 2007 

#Palladian
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