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  Chinoiserie (French, ‘Chinese-ing’) denotes the influence of Chinese fine and applied art on European taste, especially during the 18th century. With the opening of trade routes by imperial powers like Great Britain and the Netherlands, Chinese ware became available in quantity for the first time in the West. The vogue for Chinese design particularly influenced interior furnishings, ceramics, architecture and landscape gardening. Chinoiserie properly refers not to Chinese artefacts, but to the products made by European manufacturers in emulation of the Chinese style, or by factories in the Far East which copied these European imitations. MG PD

Further reading H. Honour, Chinoiserie: the Vision of Cathay.



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