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SW AREA STUDY DAY AT BUCKFAST ABBEY CONFERENCE CENTRE
Anne Haworth
04/04/2019 Thursday

'VISIONS OF ENCHANTED LANDS'

Chinoiserie in European Art.

For centuries, China was a country closed to Europeans but with a rich artistic tradition, inspired by the natural world and Chinese beliefs in the mountains of the immortals.  Chinoiserie was a whimsical and fanciful European response to the exotic designs on Chinese porcelain, wallpaper and furniture combined with a flavour of Japan and India.  It influenced European decorative arts, architecture and garden design from the 17th to the 18th centuries. This day of special interest looks at chinoiseries origin in Chinese myths, legends, fairytales and mountain lore and explores the ways in which these real and imaginary worlds merged and were reproduced on Chinese wallpaper, silks and porcelain for export to the West.  The European reaction to this is considered, first during the earliest chinoiseries of the Baroque, later with the lightness of Rococo. Some famous examples of chinoiserie are the porcelains of Meissen, Bow and Worcester, japanned cabinets, the furniture in the Chippendale style, the interiors of Claydon House and Saltram House, the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, the pagoda at Kew and the tea-house at Potsdam.

 

ANNE HAWORTH is a lecturer at the V&A, a guide for tours of the State Rooms and Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

She has catalogued the collection of Chinese porcelain at Kensington Palace and is a member of the French Porcelain Society.  For fouteen years she was the senior ceramics specialist at Christie's and Bonhams head offices

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