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Chinoiserie, French for "Chinese-esque" is a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences. It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquer-like materials and decoration.


Chinoiserie in a broader scope refers to a mixture of Eastern and Western stylistic elements for both the decoration and shape. The style held particular favor during the Rococo period and the court of Louis XV, with which it’s fanciful, ornate and idyllic imagery is commonly associated.


Having said that, today’s version of Chinoiserie is abounding, once again. Perhaps this is a result of international influences converging. Or, more likely because the style is simply beautiful, whether it is found in contemporary, traditional, country French or eclectic urban rooms.  Luscious fabrics, crisp accessories, new influences in furniture style, and eye-catching lighting pieces all show off their exotic flare.  The pieces in this photo show off these influences in the contemporary lines of this striking lamp, as well as the fresh pallet of orange and coral decoration on traditionally shaped vases and jars. I particularly love using these orange pieces in festive, but refined, fall decorating. They lend themselves to the warm colors of fall, without descending into jack-o-lantern-esque décor. That may be a new term, but you get the idea.


A few days ago I posted a Facebook photo in which gorgeous blue and white porcelain pieces were displayed in an impressive grouping. To my surprise, the post resulted in a slew of responses – both public posts, in private message responses. I am not alone in my life-long love of these Chinoiserie treasures, it would seem! 


Welcome, November! 

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