Tips for buying Chinoiserie:
Look for pieces that are in good shape. If the hardware is missing or the hand painted detail is badly chipped its nearly impossible to replace or could be very costly to repair. Check that the doors and drawers open easily. If you see an item that needs some work perhaps you may not care that it has its own patina or is not perfect.
Where to buy Chinoiserie:
If you are looking to buy affordable Asian inspired or Chinoiserie pieces from Ebay or Craigslist some key words to go by is Hollywood Regency, Blanc de Chine, Ming, Oriental, vintage Asian, bamboo, Faux bamboo, foo dogs, James Mont, Billy Haines, Tony Duquette, and vintage Japanese and Chinese.
These beautiful wallpapers from Second Hand Rose would definitely make a statement in a bedroom placed behind a bed. We love the rich red colors of this wallpaper that would also look great installed behind a sofa to create a bold living room. Florence Broadhurst, a painter (among other professions) and designer, created a line of textiles in the early 1960’s from her influence of living in South East Asia and China. Her exquisite line of wallpapers can be purchased at Walnut Wallpaper.
Books on Chinoiserie
Designers that use Chinoiserie:
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Vanessa De Vargas is the owner of Turquoise, a Los Angeles furniture and interior decor business.