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Chinoiserie

Definition: Chinoiserie

Currently undergoing a trendy resurgence, chinoiserie is a design and artistic style that depicts traditional Asian and Chinese motifs. Literally translated from French as "Chinese-esque," this style of decorative art originated in 17th-century Europe and was especially popular in the mid-18th century. You'll often see chinoiserie prints on wallpaper and textiles, while illustrations of Chinese landscapes and figures are common on porcelain and furniture.

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emalove emalove 9 years
It's not a favorite style of mine, but some pieces can be pretty.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 10 years
It's not my style but I love these pieces.
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 10 years
Chinoiserie.. cool! That word definitely wasn't in my vocab before but I love this style!
gameboybunny gameboybunny 10 years
I like this style because it's a cleaner, more feminine art-nouveau kind of look at Asian style. It seems to go really well with cherry wood too.
Ashenturtle Ashenturtle 10 years
I love looking for these pieces!
angeldevilwings angeldevilwings 10 years
Love this! But then I'm biased becuse I'm part chinese, but then again I don't know a single word in chinese.Lol.
jen22 jen22 10 years
Love this style. My grandparents had a lot of pieces like this in their house. :)
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
I love that first pattern!
vienvien vienvien 10 years
This is absolutely my s tyle--love it, love it , love it. Such beautiful designs and such a lot of "art" and "culture" in it.
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