Chinoiserie is a European decorative style that emerged in the 17th century and is characterised by the use of Chinese motifs and designs. It was primarily used in architecture, furniture, and other decorative arts, and often combined Chinese motifs with European elements. The term “chinoiserie” comes from the French word “chinois,” which means “Chinese.” Chinese Chippendale was named after Thomas Chippendale‘s opulent Chinese-inspired exotic design and creations.
The popularity of chinoiserie in Europe was due to the increased contact between East and West during the Age of Exploration. European traders, missionaries, and diplomats brought back Chinese art, furniture, and other items, which were imitated with European adaptations. This resulted in a unique decorative style that combined Chinese motifs and designs with European elements.
Chinoiserie is characterised by the use of Chinese motifs, such as dragons, pagodas, and lotus flowers, as well as Chinese-inspired colors, such as red and gold. Japanning imitated Chinese lacquer, a type of finish that is traditionally used in Chinese furniture. Dutch Delft pottery was particularly influenced by the Chinese style. Chinoiserie is often used to create a sense of exoticism and luxury, and is still popular today in interior design.
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