Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chinoiserie is always chic!

When we were in England last week we went to a number of National Trust properties in the South West county of Devon. I love English country house interiors and I was particularly inspired by the Chinoiserie interiors at Saltram in Plymouth.

Chinoiserie in England was particularly popularized by Thomas Chippendale, and Saltram is full of Chinoiserie influences. Not only are these chairs and the bed exuberant examples, but the wall paper is to die for. They had not one, but several rooms with wonderful Chinese wallpaper that is hundreds of years old.

In yet another room at Saltram, there is not only another wonderful Chinese wall paper, but also notice the mirrors with the Chinese paintings on them.

Chinoiserie remains a very chic decorating style. Elements will look great in interiors ranging from traditional to sleek modern.

House Beautiful - Decorator: Michael S. Smith

The decorator Michael S. Smith used these ancestor portraits as well as a pair of chinoiserie cabinets in this room.

Traditional Home - Decorator: Barclay Butera

This room has a wonderful chinoiserie secretary in a bamboo style, which makes it a bit less formal. The classic blue and white porcelain pot by the chair continues the Chinese accents.

You can almost always find Chinese (the real thing) or chinoiserie (Chinese influenced) items at auction to give your room the chinoiserie chic accents.

Stair Galleries Lot 185 

At the upcoming June 26th Stair Galleries auction this Chinese alter table is both rustic and chic. This would be terrific in a country or modern space. The estimate is $1,500 -$3,000. 

 Christie's Interiors Sale Lot 726

Chinese pieces often make great coffee tables.  We have one in our living room, along with some bamboo side tables. This painted and gilt lacquer low table is being offered at the Christie's Interiors sale scheduled for June 24 and 25 in New York. The estimate is $800 - $1,200.

The bargain sale is Copake Auction on June 26th at 5pm in Copake, NY. This is usually an Americana focussed offering but even here you can pick up some great chinoiserie finds.

The Chinese ancestor painting on the left above is estimated at $150 - $200 (lot 42). The Chinese cabinet (lot 50) on the right is estimated at $200 - $400. Great in a living room or bedroom.

Send in any chinoiserie examples you may have and we'll see if we can publish.

1 comment:

  1. Chinoiserie is just one of those timeless classy looks - a personal favorite of mine. We have a write-up as well which talks a bit more about Chinese Chinoiserie on our blog along with some nice screens. That one last sideboard though is really not chinoiserie - its basically just a rustic pinewood sideboard from Northern China.


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