The Rococo style emerged in Paris in the 18th century and dominated during the reign of King Louis XV in the 18th century. It was an era of glamour, luxury and comfort. Art and design was influenced greatly by the king's chief mistress Madame Pompadour, she was a patron of the arts and was behind the funding of the porcelain company Sévres. The word rococo originated from the French word "Rocaille" broken rock or shell motifs intertwined with acanthus leaves. This design is characterized by sensuous organic curves, elaborate ornamentation, cabriole legs and scrolled feet. This 18th century French design compliments a classical setting, or adds exuberant contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.