Chinoiserie - (Oriental) Glossary of Antique Terms C

Chinoiserie - (Oriental) The term means both a vogue for things Chinese or Oriental style wares made in the United States or Europe in the Chinese manner (or what the artist thought was the Chinese manner). The fashion for Chinoiserie began quite early in the seventeenth century but has remained very popular through the years. The pseudo-Chinese furniture of Chippendale, the 'willow pattern' decoration of Minton and Spode, these are chinoiseries.



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