Chinoiserie

I have had a long-term love affair with Chinoiserie.  For those who are unfamiliar with this design style, it became popular in Europe mid-18th century.  The Asian design influences were incorporated into some other European styles and Chinoiserie was born.  I think of it as the European artist’s dream vision of Asian designs, and the European fascination with the “Oriental.”

Vivid colors paired with golds, asian florals, birds, and “Oriental landscapes,” fill designs on wallpapers, screens, furniture, porcelain, and lacquered items.

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One of the most exclusive wallpaper companies that specializes in Chinoiserie designs is de Gournay.  Top notch, hand painted panels are this company’s specialty; but be warned, each panel has a considerable cost.  I suppose I’m going to have to start saving up now!

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