The Chinoiserie style showcases a Western interpretation and imitation of the artistic styles and traditions of Chinese and East Asian culture. The name Chinoiserie comes from the French word ‘chinois’, meaning Chinese. This style was popular through the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe, and through the early 19th century in North America. It regained popularity in these regions in the mid-19th century and remains popular today in high-end fashion and interior design.
A chinoiserie piece has very distinct characteristics, including:
- Blue and white designs often found on Chinese porcelain
- Oriental patterns and figures, predominantly foo dogs, dragons, pagodas and nature scenes
- Asymmetrical forms
- Heavy gilding
- Detailed, extravagant scenery
Chinoiserie furniture pieces are often made of materials such as faux bamboo and lacquered wood and feature golden or brass hardware. Intricate scenes may be painted on the item, or it may feature delicate carved fretwork. This fretwork consists of a decorative, interlaced design often featuring geometric patterns.
At Carrocel, we have a variety of furniture pieces that showcase the Chinoiserie style. If you enjoy classic, recognizable design and the patterns and traditional imagery of the Asian culture, look into adding Chinoiserie furniture to your home. Browse the options available at Carrocel to find a piece that matches your taste and décor.