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chinoiserie

(shēnwäzrē`), decorative work produced under the influence of Chinese art, applied particularly to the more fanciful and extravagant manifestations. Intimations of Eastern art reached Europe in the Middle Ages in the porcelains brought by returning travelers. Eastern trade was maintained during the intervening centuries, and the East India trading companies of the 17th and 18th cent. imported Chinese lacquers and porcelains. Dutch ceramics quickly showed the influence of Chinese blue-and-white porcelains. In the middle of the 18th cent. the enthusiasm for Chinese objects affected practically every decorative art applied to interiors, furniture, tapestries, and bibelots and supplied artisans with fanciful motifs of scenery, human figures, pagodas, intricate lattices, and exotic birds and flowers. In France the Louis XV style gave especial opportunities to chinoiserie, as it blended well with the established rococorococo
, style in architecture, especially in interiors and the decorative arts, which originated in France and was widely used in Europe in the 18th cent. The term may be derived from the French words rocaille and coquille
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. Whole rooms, such as those at Chantilly, were painted with compositions in chinoiserie, and Watteau and other artists brought consummate craftsmanship to the style. Thomas Chippendale, the chief exponent in England, produced a unique and decorative type of furniture. The craze early reached the American colonies. Chinese objects, particularly fine wallpapers, played an important role in the adornment of rooms, and especially in Philadelphia the style had a pronounced effect upon design.

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See study by H. Honour (1961).

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Chinoiserie

A Western style of architecture and decoration, utilizing Chinese design elements.
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chinoiserie

A Western European and English architectural and decorative fashion employing Chinese ornamentation and structural elements, particularly in 18th cent. Rococo design.
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chinoiserie

1. a style of decorative or fine art based on imitations of Chinese motifs
2. an object or objects in this style
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Crisp white linens highlighted the chinoiserie pottery, filled with simple greenery.
He regarded it as "a nice parody of the Chinese way" and saw no need for the English to "affect Chinoiserie." (5) He went even further in his position against any kind of chinoiserie or japonaiserie, Western or Eastern, as he warned against any Asian artist (Japanese or Chinese) wishing to go Europe to study and imitate European arts but inevitably ending up only producing Typhoon, a japonaiserie, (6) The Yellow Jacket, or some other piece "with an Eastern coat on its back, something which is like a penny peep-show for our stupid grown up children." (7)
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It is unlike other chinoiserie decoration found on European porcelain but there is only one example that directly copies a Chinese source (see Selma Schwartz, Apollo, September 2012).
Master patissier Eric Lanlard has created the Jasmine Afternoon Tea at the Chinoiserie restaurant in the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge.
Designs include Porcelain Floral, an artfully handtufted cut pile rug inspired by blue and white Chinoiserie motifs in antique Chinese porcelain, Water Garden, a tone-on-tone handhooked loop pile rug with handtufted cut pile stylized flower petals in viscose, and Island Lattice, which features a white trellis motif on an azure blue background.
Chinoiserie at Jumeirah Carlton Tower provides the perfect backdrop for afternoon tea with its sophisticated, classic-contemporary decor.
Chinoiserie opens to a luxurious two-page title spread that first feels like a film title splashed across the screen, but the small gray subtitle presents a disarmingly intimate address to the reader.
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