Venetian furniture of the late Italian renaissance period was often flamboyant and elaborately painted, japanned and/or gilded. Venice, a seaport city which was a major trading center during the mid 18th Century, is where the Venetian style of furniture was created. Rococo style furniture of the late 18th Century produced in Venice also became known as Venetian style furniture. Bombe chests are a prevalent Venetian style as are the severe cabriole legs with the characteristic Venetian curl at the knee. The Venetian influence on other European styles was strong and different enough to warrant a classification of its own.