Chinoiserie

Room 52d, The George Levy Gallery

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Chinoiserie, from 'chinois' the French for Chinese, was a style inspired by art and design from China, Japan and other Asian countries in the 18th century. At its height in Britain from 1750 to 1765, this fanciful style relied more on the designer's and craftsman's imagination than on accurately portraying oriental motifs and ornament.

Collection Highlights

mirror
Mirror, designed by Thomas Johnson, 1750 – 60, London, England
plate
Plate, manufactured by Thomas Cantle, about 1754, England
print
A New Book of Chinese Ornaments Invented & Engraved by J. Pillement 1755, print, by Jean Baptiste Pillement, 1755, London, England
dressing table
Japanned dressing table, designed by John Linnell, made by William Linnell, 1754, London, England
bed
The Badminton Bed, designed by John Linnell, made by William Linnell, about 1754, London, England
vase and cover
Vase and cover, manufactured by Richard Chaffers Factory, about 1758 – 62, Liverpool, England
wallpaper
Wallpaper, 1720 – 50, Guangzhou, China
armchair
Armchair with japanned decoration, designed by John Linnell, made by William Linnell, about 1754, London, England
drawing
Design for an armchair for the 4th Duke of Beaufort, drawing, by John Linnell, about 1752 – 54, Britain
sugar bowl
Sugar bowl, designed by John Linnell, made by Arthur Annesley, 1758 – 59, London, England
group
Touch, group from The Five Senses, by Agostino Carlini, made by Derby Porcelain Factory, about 1752 – 55, Derby, England
group
Chinese Musicians, group, by Joseph Willems, manufactured by the Chelsea Porcelain factory, about 1755, London, England
vase and cover
Vase and cover in Japanese (Kakeimon) style, made by the Bow Factory, about 1755, London, England

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