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Cast iron
28 × 13 3/4 in. (71.1 × 34.9 cm)
Rococo Revival
Panels (surface components)
Victorian (1837-1901)
Pair of cast-iron panels with ornate floral motif in the Rococo Revival style.The panel features a symmetrical design of flowers and scolls above and below a central, beaded band. Rococo Revival style was the most popular style of the Victorian era in the United States. It emerged as early as the 1830s and continued to be seen into the 1900s. This style was modeled after eighteenth-century French designs, yet the revival of the style pushed elements further. Rococo Revival objects tended to be highly ornamental, with more substantial, less delicate forms, and visually dense decoration. This style is defined by its sense of movement and its delicacy, as well as curvaceousness, asymmetry, and curvilinear forms. Rococo Revival motifs included floral imagery, abundant swags of fruit and foliage, shell-like waves, ‘S’ & ‘C’ scrolls, rocaille decoration, serpentine curves, frozen water forms, volutes, acanthus leaves, and cabriole legs.
Label Text:
Fragments of buildings and decorative panels have been popular choices for garden ornaments since the early twentieth century. They are often made of stone, concrete, metal, or plaster. Historic, decorative motifs from architectural ornaments often appear in these reliefs, while others are found with the contemporary designs.
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Smithsonian Gardens, Horticultural Artifacts Collection.
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