Chinoiserie -- the taste for decoration and architecture based on Chinese design -- has its origins in the age-old fantasy of 'Cathay', the mysterious land of the East. This beautifully illustrated book shows the development of the style from its very beginnings, demonstrating its continuous influence in all of the decorative arts. With sumptuous photography showing all aspects of chinoiserie, the book clarifies the way in which the exotis East was incorporated into Western taste in a way that is relevant to all those involved in interior decor today.
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Chapter One Grandeurs and Treasures
Chapter Two From Chinese Art to Chinoiserie
Chapter Three The Pleasure of Life
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