May I ask a naive question? I am a frequent visitor to Istanbul and a lover of Ottoman architecture. As I read, I find considerable blurring between the use of the words "baroque" and "rococo" in relation to structures like, for example, the sadirvan of Mahmud I on the grounds of Ayasofya and the fountains that were built under Ahmed III in front of the gate at Topkapi and below the Iskele Cami in Uskudar. Is there an intelligent distinction to be made between these terms?
Ottoman baroque & Ottoman rococo
Richard, I too would like to know if there is any difference between "Rococo" and "baroque" because it usually appears to be a matter of personal taste as which word is used.