This antique Chinoiserie Lantern is constructed in two-tone metal, polished brass and patinated bronze, it is hexagonal in form with C curved supports at the apex.
Chinoiserie A European Phenomenon
The Chinoiserie has enjoyed a place in the European decorative arts since the 16th century when rare and exotic vases and lacquerware were imported from the far east. Inspiring European artists to emulate the scarce and hard to source, and expensive merchandise and invent means of accommodating it.
The fashion for Chinese-inspired design had run parallel with English furniture design since the early 18th century. Taken to a zenith by Thomas Chippendale and his contemporaries in the mid-century, it slowly diminished in popularity until the first decades of the 19th century.
The Prince Regent was famously exuberant and adopted styles in deference to the late Georgian. The Prince employed the best architects of his day to create this bizarrely unique and opulent vision inspired by the Orient.
Our fine Chinoiserie Lantern
would be perfectly at home in the exotic interiors of the Brighton Pavilion. Sir William Chambers published designs for Chinese furniture, the design of this chinoiserie lantern strongly refers to his publications. One of Sir William Chambers most prominent survivals of Chinese fantasy is the Chinese Pagoda which still stands in Kew Gardens.