12 Facts About Chinoiserie


The aesthetic of Chinoiserie has been expressed in different ways depending on the region.

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Chinoiserie focuses on subjects that were thought by Europeans to be typical of Chinese culture.

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Chinoiserie entered European art and decoration in the mid-to-late 17th century; the work of Athanasius Kircher influenced the study of Orientalism.

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Chinoiserie had some parallel in "Occidenterie", which was Western styled goods produced in 18th century China for Chinese consumers.

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The 'China' indicated in the term 'Chinoiserie' represented in European people's mind a wider region of the globe that could embrace China itself, but Japan, Korea, South-East Asia, India or even Persia.

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Chinoiserie persisted into the 19th and 20th centuries but declined in popularity.

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Chinoiserie served to remind Britain of its former colonial glory that was rapidly fading with the modern era.

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Chinoiserie presented an idealized, romanticized depiction of Chinese culture, but he was influenced by "pre-established visual signs.

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Chinoiserie media included "japanned" ware imitations of lacquer and painted tin ware that imitated japanning, early painted wallpapers in sheets, after engravings by Jean-Baptiste Pillement, and ceramic figurines and table ornaments.

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Chinoiserie's designs provided a guide for intricate chinoiserie furniture and its decoration.

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Patterns on Chinoiserie wallpaper are similar to the pagodas, floral designs, and exotic imaginary scenes found on chinoiserie furniture and porcelain.

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Chinoiserie had inspired designers such as Mariano Fortuny, the Callot Soeurs, and Jean Paquin.

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