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Chinoiserie: style at a glance


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Main features and hallmarks of Chinoiserie style

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Chinoiserie: style at a glance

  1. 1. Chinoiserie: style at a glance
  2. 2. Chinesewallpaperwas initially broughtto Europe by the East India Company and was incredibly expensive. Some of the panels were made from silk, another from paper and hand painted. Later on Europeans learned how to produce its cheaper imitations.
  3. 3. ChinesePorcelainreplaced golden and silverdishware on the tables: now it is considered theindicator wealth and prosperity.
  4. 4. Red, Black& Golden Lacquer was traditional finish for Chinese furniture. Later French manufacturers brothers Martenintroduced lacquers of different colours as well.
  5. 5. Screens were used to visually divide the space. In the XVII century private rooms andboudoirs were very popular and screens played an important role for creating chamberand cozy ambience.
  6. 6. Bamboowas one of the most popular materials for furnitureproduction in China.With emergence of Chinoiserie it appeared also in Europe.
  7. 7. Pagodas were built in the gardens and their miniature copies were used as decorative objects. The shape of pagoda roof was usedas a decorative element for making furniture and home accessories such as mirrors,lanterns and wall lights.
  8. 8. Fantasticlandscapes In the XVII century information about China was verylimited: it appeared to be a very remote and mysterious land. It was idealized by European artists who pictured it like a paradise land with lush vegetation, colorful birds and serene landscapes.
  9. 9. Pastoral plots were very frequently used in Rococo. With thegrowing popularity of Chinoiserie Europeanpersonages such as aristocrats, shepherds and shepherdesseswere replaced with Chinese emperors and their court.
  10. 10. Beautiful birdsand colourful flowers were the most frequently used ornaments inChinoiserie. Pictured on the wallpapers landscapes often reminded of Eden Garden: this is howEuropeans imagined China.
  11. 11. Chinese figureswere often pictured on thefurniture, china and decorative objects. Especially popular were Chinese shepherdess and Chinese Idol (a figure of elderly Chinese man nodding his head).
  12. 12. Dragonhas a symbolic meaning in Chinese mythologyand signifies power and strength. Symbolismplays an important role in Chinese decorativearts: thus, a peach tree means a wish for longevity, bats –happiness, and peonies – splendor.
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