Religious bodies also ordered and they have been made complex furniture: cabinets and counters for liturgical parameters, stalls, pulpits, choir stalls, pews and confessionals, made by the best local artists.
Many other commercial opportunities were offered to “rolesi” cabinetmakers from the major trade fairs of the time, such as the one that was held in Reggio Emilia in the month of May. This annual event drew in town numerous buyers and traders, among which we find in 1790 Giovanni Frignani Rolo, who had gone to sell the tables.
The art of rolese inlay experienced a great liveliness in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, when, ceased the dominance of the Baroque and Rococo, which prevailed in the golden or lacquered finishes and the carving in the ornamental motifs. Spread the demand for furniture influenced by the stylistic neoclassical and marquetry returned to occupy an important place in the furnishings decoration. In those years, and almost in the half of the nineteenth century, from rolesi laboratories emerged all kinds of inlaid furniture, for the furnishing of living rooms, bedrooms, places of study and offices: chest of drawers, flaps, chests, desks, sofas, toilets, wardrobes, bedside tables, mirrors, cantonals, consoles, tables, boxes etc. These artefacts, especially for aristocratic families and the emerging middle class, are characterized by some recurring motifs, such as the elegant ramages made with thin threads of light wood.
Unlike what is happening in various production centers, even the most important and most famous than Rolo, here in the second half of the nineteenth century the most talented carvers, soon imitated by other local shops, were able to adapt to new aesthetic trends and changes resulting from a first growth in the industrial sense of the Italian economy. Following the general direction of furniture, which considered the center table furniture one of the most sought-after and important for the salons of middle-class homes, the “rolesi” cabinetmakers specialized in the construction of this type of furniture, and, while maintaining an organization and a way of working purely artisanal, in some laboratory will begin to introduce small machines, in order to facilitate some operations of serial character.