The term neoclassicism wasn`t termed until the mid nineteenth century. Before that as it developed in the eighteenth century it was known as "the true style". As the archeological sites at Pompeii were discovered the style developed as an opposition to Baroque and Rococo styles. Self restraint, simplicity and symmetry were the order of the day as the rococo emphasis on grace ornamentation and asymmetry were abandoned.The use of classical Greek and Roman motifs were used to decorate both furniture, architecture and other decorative arts.The grand tour added to the interest in all things classical and great collections of sculpture in the style were built up in Britain. Copies of finds at Pompeii and Herculaneum were produced as souvenirs for the swelling numbers os tourists.
Shown here are
A wonderful copy of "The Three Graces". The magnum opus of Antonio Canova.
A carved marble architectural corble
A gouache painting copying the Pompeii frescoes.
A cast iron ancient style table
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