This gets me inspired. There is something very sophisticated and calming about a scene with a wonderful Asian style painting on a gold ground, and a buddha head as you enter a home.
Two photos: Designer Madeline Stuart
These two rooms designed by Madeline Stuart each incorporate several Asian elements: the silk panel, chest of drawers, and the seated buddha in the bedroom; the living room with Asian inspired wall paper, the Tang dynasty horse on the mantel, and the classic porcelain jar on the etagere.
With all the auctions coming up, there are lots of opportunities to add Asian elements to your decor.
Doyle New York has their Asian auction March 21st. It includes this lovely hanging silk scroll (Lot 13). The gold ground makes this pop on a wall, and the size (48" x 19") will make a statement as in the top photo.
Add to the scene one of these bronze Khmer heads. These are Lot 18 in the Doyle auction. They are described as 19th century or earlier, and the tallest is 10.5". They have an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200. I like that there are two, because that multiplies the design options!
Chinese silk robes make great wall decoration. They are big and graphic. Think about the smaller of the two here (Doyle Lot 204) in your entry, and the larger one on the wall behind your bed. These have an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200. The Doyle auction includes quite a few lots comprising of textiles and robes, so this is a good opportunity to pick something up with gorgeous vibrant colors that will stand out in a room.
Bonhams San Francisco also caught the Asia Week fever and has an Asian Decorative Arts auction March 15th. It is chock full of beautiful Asian items. This Chinese Qing Dynasty (18th/19th century) altar table is a perfect entryway table. It has such wonderful decorative details. It's Lot 2266, measures 86.25" long and 16" deep, and has an auction estimate of $3,000 - $5,000.
Top the altar table with these two beautifully simple porcelain vases. I love the 'sky' blue color, and the animals crawling around the top. It's a nice break from the classic blue and white. These are included in the Bonhams auction (Lot 2317), and are 7" tall. They are from the Chinese Republic Period (1911 - 1949), and have an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200.
I love this style cabinet. It is so modern looking - simple with subtle decorative details. This is described as a Ming style huali double door cabinet from the first half of the 20th century. It is Lot 2275 in the Bonhams sale, and has an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200 and is 75" tall. This would make a great cabinet in the living room (maybe to hide the TV), or even as extra closet space if you fit it out for that. Top it with a collection of porcelain vases for great display!
You can never go wrong adding Asian elements to your decor. This week offers lots of choice at auction across the country.