Category Archives: Rococo

ANOTHER GREAT TOUR OF THE V&A

English Rococo mirror and side table
English Rococo mirror and side table

The members have a free tour every fourth Thursday of the month. The last one was excellent as usual. Led by Mandy, this one was in yet another gallery I had never visited – the British Gallery. It’s not my taste, but you have to admire the workmanship in this mirror and table.

Big Bed
The Big Bed of Ware

The mirror doesn’t have a crack two thirds of the way up. The craftsmen here couldn’t yet float the entire mirror in one piece.

In earlier times, it was quite common to hire just part of a bed for the night.
One night eight butchers and their wives hired this huge four-poster – the Big Bed of Ware – and carved 16 notches in the side rail as a memento.