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The Rococo is even more ornate than Baroque.
  excessive fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France in the 18th century
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  • The Rococo is even more ornate than Baroque.
  • A massive chandelier hung from a ceiling painted with a rococo design of golden arrows in flight.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Just ornate lamps and an embroidered sofa and the swarming rococo wallpaper.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Moments later, having ducked into a Hapsburg bathroom with a cathedral ceiling and rococo gold faucets and fittings, I scrambled through my wallet and got the end of a pre-lubricated Trojan sticking up out of its foil wrapper and placed it in a handy side pocket of my jacket, meanwhile trying to compose myself in front of a full-length mirror crawling at its edge with gilt cherubs.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • He and Keating had put their best efforts into designing the most ornate of all Rococo palaces for future patrons who could pay twenty-five dollars per day per room and who were fond of plaster flowers, marble cupids and open elevator cages of bronze lace.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He says he spent some time at the Central Library earlier in the day but couldn’t find the desired Brahms double concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Mendelssohn’s Third and Fourth Symphonies, Sibelius’s Symphony No.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • The arched ceiling of the infirmary was blue, painted with a rococo pattern of cherubs trailing gold ribbons, and white drifting clouds.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • She squeezed her eyes shut and opened them again: This time she realized that what she was staring at was an arched wooden ceiling, painted with a rococo motif of clouds and cherubs.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • We were led out of the elevator through a rococo hall into an anteroom and told to get into our fighting togs.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Vittoria and Langdon followed in silence as Commander Olivetti led them down a long rococo corridor, the muscles in his neck pulsing with rage.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • Old buildings, whose gray rococo facades housed my memories of the Forty-Niners, and Diamond Lil, Robert Service, Sutter and Jack London, were then imposing structures viciously joined to keep me out.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Further up on the green stood a tall brown Victorian house, quiet in the sunlight, all covered with scrolls and rococo, its windows made of blue and pink and yellow and green colored glass.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • The photograph, enclosed in a rococo frame of gold gilt, was the size of the President’s photograph in the lobby of a big-city post office.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Their lips moved, shadowing the words set in rococo type.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Don Jose came into his own: "a high rococo-primitivist churchsculpture style," our Island art critic later proclaimed it.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The officer’s comrades perceived that there was, in that "badly kept" garden, behind that malicious rococo fence, a very pretty creature, who was almost always there when the handsome lieutenant,—who is not unknown to the reader, and whose name was Theodule Gillenormand,— passed by.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Pink marble walls and white marble floors were enclosed by arched and vaulted ceilings; an assembly room had been done in the manner of the High Italian Renaissance, another was illuminated by chandeliers flashing with crystal teardrops; there was a wall of fragile French windows overlooking an Italian garden of marble bric-a-brac; the library was Provencal on the first floor, rococo on the second.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The restaurant looked more like an exquisite rococo dining palace on Paris’s Boulevard Montaigne than a one-storey structure in Hong Kong.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Miss Osmond, indeed, in the bloom of her juvenility, had a hint of the rococo which Rosier, whose taste was predominantly for that manner, could not fail to appreciate.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • An inside hallway light spilled over to the casement bay windows on either side of the staircase, the left, was obviously a dining room; he could see chairs and a long table in the additional light of a rococo sideboard mirror.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • …that is essentially festal—but it was attired even more richly than the rest, for the flowers which clung to its branches, one above another, so thickly as to leave no part of the tree undecorated, like the tassels wreathed about the crook of a rococo shepherdess, were every one of them ’in colour,’ and consequently of a superior quality, by the aesthetic standards of Combray, to the ’plain,’ if one was to judge by the scale of prices at the ’stores’ in the Square, or at Camus’s, where…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Of course I do think it’s too sort of rococo, but still, it is impressive, and— Did I guess it, darling?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Miss Osmond, indeed, in the bloom of her juvenility, had a hint of the rococo which Rosier, whose taste was predominantly for that manner, could not fail to appreciate.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • This latter feature of the apartment was of white marble, and in the familiar rococo style of the last century; but above it was a paneling of an earlier date, quaintly carved, painted white, and gilded here and there.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He thought the city of the ancient Romans a little vulgar, finding distinction only in the decadence of the Empire; but the Rome of the Popes appealed to his sympathy, and in his chosen words, quite exquisitely, there appeared a rococo beauty.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • …forming the "den," a dim, narrow room lit by a skylight and furnished with only a few items: a whatnot stand for the senator’s cigar cabinet, a card table with a drawer full of enticing objects— a deck of whist cards, game tokens, scorecards with little hinged stands, a slate and chalk styluses, paper cigar holders, and other things, too— and finally, set back in one corner, a rococo china cabinet made of rosewood, with yellow silk curtains pulled across the inside of its window-panes.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • However, the defense reckoned without the defendant’s religious counselor, the tireless Reverend Mr. Dameron, who appeared at the trial as the chief witness for the prosecution, and who, in the overwrought, rococo style of a tent-show revivalist, told the court he had often warned his former Sunday School pupil of God’s impending wrath: "I says, there isn’t anything in this world that is worth more than your soul, and you have acknowledged to me a number of times in our conversations…
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Now the same colour paper lay crushed, its rococo type hidden, in his father’s fingers.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • You’ll build Colonial houses, Rococo hotels and semi-Grecian office buildings.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • She belonged to the society of the Virgin, wore a white veil on certain festivals, mumbled special orisons, revered "the holy blood," venerated "the sacred heart," remained for hours in contemplation before a rococo-jesuit altar in a chapel which was inaccessible to the rank and file of the faithful, and there allowed her soul to soar among little clouds of marble, and through great rays of gilded wood.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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