Chinoiserie, the style reflecting the European fascination with China in art, made its way into every medium by the 18th century. Europeans artists depicted China as a world of exotic difference in paintings, prints, architecture, and household objects. European manufacturers of porcelain – “china” – attempted to mimic what they saw as Chinese motifs. These representations, many of which still resonate today, were seen neither as purely invented nor as strictly accurate; instead, claims of authenticity and fantasy coexist.
|Two Original Chinese SongsKarl KambraLondon, 1796?(more)||Lyric Airs...Edward JonesLondon, 1804(more)||Travels in ChinaJohn BarrowPhiladelphia, 1805(more)|
|Idol of the Goddess Ki Mao SaoMichel Aubert, after Antoine WatteauFrench, about 1729(more)||Differentes Figures ChinoisesJean-Baptiste PillementLondon, 1758(more)||Pair of Decorative ScreensJean-Baptiste PillementFrench, after 1780(more)|