Made for George IV, by Morel and Seddon made in 1828. Set of thirteen mahogany armchairs, carved and gilded, with straight back and slightly bowed front. Top rail carved with hipped foliate scrolls and central palmette. Armrests terminate in lions' heads. Front legs in form of lions' paws. Variously upholstered in green and red silk damask.
Rococo style design, the decorative arts, painting, architecture, and sculpture that originated in Paris in the early 18th century but was soon adopted throughout France and later in other countries, principally Germany and Austria. It is characterized by lightness, elegance, and an exuberant use of curving, natural forms in ornamentation. The word Rococo is derived from the French word rocaille, which denoted the shell-covered rock work that was used to decorate artificial grottoes.