Baroque - (Art Furniture)

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Baroque - (Art, Furniture) Useful but overworked term to describe a style in art that is spirited, dynamic, dramatic, bold, sumptuous, ornate. The baroque originated in Italy and precedes the rococo, it was based on the classical style and its evolution consisted in the throwing off of classical models-it was a bid for freedom. The heyday of the baroque was from the end of the sixteenth century to the early part of the eighteenth century. In England the influence ranges from Carolean silver to the furniture designs of William Kent.


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