Definition of rocaille in English:


Line breaks: ro|caille
Pronunciation: /rə(ʊ)ˈkʌɪ


1 [mass noun] An 18th-century artistic or architectural style of decoration characterized by elaborate ornamentation with pebbles and shells, typical of grottos and fountains: a room with walls in rocaille like those of fountains in a park [as modifier]: heavy frames of gilt rocaille stucco-work
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  • The word was apparently coined in the 1790s by David's students, wittily combining rocaille and barocco, to refer disparagingly to the taste fashionable under Louis XV.
  • The most distinctive decorative style evident during the second period at the factory is rocaille, which was used in three-dimensional forms and in painted surrounds for individual scenes.
2A tiny ornamental bead: rocailles are available in a range of opaque colours
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  • The bright sunlight poured down on the myriad of rocailles, garlands, leaves, amphorae, birds and cupids.
  • It was of colossal figures that would have been of white marble, surfaced in part in rocailles, which would have made them appear to be of a single piece.


French, from roc 'rock'.

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