Rococo Loco

At Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum revisits a long-lost decorative style nearly alien to the Dutch with Rococo: A Riot of Ornament (November 3-February 3). Though Holland was quick to embrace the fanciful new quasi-naturalistic French style as it was being disseminated throughout Europe between 1720 and 1770, it just as swiftly rejected it—and all things French—after the country was overrun by France in 1794. The exhibition brings together a fully re-created paneled interior from 1748, two large gilt torchères by the Italian sculptor Agostino Carlini, and the only surviving silver service used at court in The Hague.