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Chinoiserie Lighting

CHINOISERIE STYLE

Emerging in the 17th century, chinoiserie appropriated the aesthetics and imagery of popular East Asian design for European-made versions. Reflecting the exoticization of China, Japan and other countries in this era, the word directly translates from French to “Chinese-esque,” which reveals its shortcomings as a style of furniture and decor that often stereotypically and reductively mimics Asian culture rather than showcasing and paying tribute to its artistic traditions.

The enthusiastically decorative chinoiserie style was propelled by influential tastemakers including French King Louis XIV, whose Trianon de Porcelaine in 1670 was inspired by Chinese architecture. Expanded trade between the East and West led to a demand for porcelain, lacquer objects, silk and other goods, which further informed the fanciful furniture being crafted in Europe.

Artisans working in the chinoiserie style used materials and elements like pagoda shapes, bamboo, lacquer surfaces, bird and flower motifs and other interpretations of Asian design on pieces that were frequently set against vibrant wallcoverings. This whimsical approach yielded chinoiserie furniture that boasted dramatic flourishes drawing on the natural world and reflected the dominance of Rococo during the 18th century.

As chinoiserie was shaped by approximations of Asian design by European creators, it had regional variations, such as Chinese Chippendale in England where cabinets, chairs and tea tables had wooden fretwork designs and “japanned” surfaces intended to resemble lacquer work that was created in East Asia. In North America, furniture makers in Boston and New York integrated chinoiserie-painted scenes into Queen Anne furniture.

Antique chinoiserie furniture has continued to be fashionable, from its popularity with decorators of the Hollywood Regency era — James Mont, Tommi Parzinger, William Haines and Samuel Marx favored the style — to contemporary interior designers, although it brings with it a complex history.

Find a collection of chinoiserie bedroom furniture, cabinets, decorative objects and more on 1stDibs.

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Style: Chinoiserie
Pair of Chinese Crackle Celadon Temple Jar Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Chinese crackle celadon temple jar table lamps.
Category

20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Café au Lait Craquelure Porcelain Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Of baluster form; fitted with two bulb sockets and adjustable rod in lacquered brass; mounted on a giltwood turned base. Provenance: From the Collection of Mario Buatta, New York,...
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20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Porcelain Lamps with Imari Decor, Late 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of baluster shaped lamps in Imari porcelain. Chiselled and gilt bronze mount, standing on a moulded square shape base. Lamp body bottom part decorated with a frieze of blue edgi...
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Chinoiserie Style Tole Table Lamp
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Neoclassic Italian form with superb and whimsical figures and design.
Category

1950s Italian Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Tôle

Rattan Cylinder Pendant Hanging Light or Lantern, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Eye-catching Mid-Century Modern cylinder rattan lantern or pendant ceiling lamp, Italy, 1960s. This oriental inspired suspension features two concentric cylinders made of rattan or ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wicker, Cane, Rattan

Pair of Carved Wood Foo Dog Lamps by Sarreid
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of carved wood Foo Dog lamps by Sarreid of Spain. Shaped black paper lamp shades with gold interiors. Dogs are seated on black painted wood bases. Dogs alone are 5 inches wide...
Category

1970s Spanish Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wood

Pair of Large Scale Turquoise Blue Ceramic Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of large scale turquoise blue ceramic lamps, American, circa 1960s. They have been rewired and are ready to use. The price noted includes the shades.
Category

1960s American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Large Pair of Pagoda Table Lamps
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Striking pair of table lamps with a classic pagoda form and strong architectural presence, crafted in pine and each having four panels of pearlized plastic light defusers that glow i...
Category

20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Pine

Pair of Chinese Porcelain Celadon Table Lamps
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Chinese porcelain table lamps with a classic form and an off white celadon finish with four subtle rings around the diameter. Presented on lucite bases.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

19th Century French Louis XV Style Chinoiserie Iron and Crystal Chandelier
Located in Charleston, SC
This sophisticated French Tole, iron, and crystal chandelier has an open birdcage form with nine lighted branches coming out. The chandelier has gilt tole foliates adorning the iron ...
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Iron, Tôle

Vintage Asian Oriental Chinese Turquoise Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Asian oriental Chinese glazed crackled ceramic lamp in turquoise color with raised relief foliage and laughing Buddha. This beautiful midcentury chinoiserie table lamp is tim...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Intricately Carved Ivory Color Chinese Asian Chalkware Lamps
Located in Chattanooga, TN
A savory patina enriches the bone colored vintage carved Asian chalkware lamps. Each bit of these lamps were ornately decorated with carved Oriental botanical and figural elements. A...
Category

1950s American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

19th Century Vases Mounted as Lamps in Famille Rose Porcelain Taste
Located in Paris, FR
Late 19th century pair of vases mounted as lamps in Chinese Famille Rose porcelain taste. They are embellished with floral motif on white background. Exquisite gilt and chiseled bron...
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Antique, Silver Plated Chinoiserie Sconces
Located in Newport Beach, CA
A pair of remarkable, silvered, French wall sconces in the Chinoiserie style. Each with large, pierced screens filled with blossoming lotus flowers surrounded by foliate scrolls and ...
Category

Early 1900s French Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of Asian Green and Coral Lamps
Located in Locust Valley, NY
A pair of Asian slender green and coral lamps with ebonized bases depicting figures. Shades sold separately.
Category

Early 20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Lamps in Japanese Porcelain and Gilt Bronze, circa 1880
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of vase shape lamps in Japanese porcelain. Brown background decor and stylized motifs of flowers, foliage and birds in blue, yellow and red tones. Two white background large ca...
Category

1880s Japanese Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Vintage Chinoiserie Jade Green Buddha Ceramic Table Lamp Brass
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Buddha jade green ceramic table lamp. This has been newly wired. All new brass hardware. No chips or breaks. Height to socket is 22.
Category

1960s American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Oriental Folk Art Carved Teak Dragon Lamp
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Oriental Folk Art Carved Teak Dragon Lamp This is superb piece of hand carving, the base of the lamp is in the form of a Fierce Water Dragon and the shade too is made in wood and...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Teak

Fine Medium Navy Blue & Gold Gilt Pagoda Bamboo Chinoiserie Lantern Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful medium sized navy blue & gold gilt pagoda bamboo form chinoiserie lantern fixture with 4 candelabra light cluster. Rewired and ready to install with chain canopy and mou...
Category

20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Paint

Pair Tea Tin Lamps
Located in South Salem, NY
Unique table lamp made from repurposed Chinese Export tea tins, made in China circa 1870. This ornate, gilded tin was once used to transport tea from China to England. This jar is ha...
Category

19th Century British Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

Chinese Red Egolmise Table Lamp with Gold Asian Motif and Pagoda Shade
Located in Savannah, GA
This striking Chinese red eglomise table lamp features a gold reverse painted motif of flowers, a butterfly, weeping willow tress and pagodas on eight panels partitioned by notched w...
Category

1920s Chinese Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wood, Glass

Pair of English Chinoiserie Bristol Opaline Glass Vases, Now as Lamps
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of English chinoiserie Bristol opaline glass vases, now as lamps, each one decorated with gilt and colorful enamel, raised on 6" diameter marble bases. The height to the top of ...
Category

Early 20th Century English Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Glass

Mid Century Chinese Porcelain Scalloped Floral Coral Roses Mantel Vase Urn Lamp
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid Century Chinese mantel urn lamp. Made of porcelain featuring scalloped form with a coral colored field of roses and barrel shade.  
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Marbro Chinese Deco Bronze Cloisonne Lamps
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a pair of very fine quality deco period Chinese cloisonne and gilt bronze vases that have been fitted as lamps by the renown Marbro Lamp company during the last quarter of th...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Enamel, Bronze

Pair of Pierced Chine De Blanc Ceramic Table Lamps Asian Ginger Jar Restored
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Lovely vintage pair of Chine de Blanc ceramic ginger jar table lamps. Newly wired, all new brass hardware. Lovely wood base. Measures: Height to finial 29.5 Height to socket 23
Category

1970s American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Large Bitossi Mid-Century Modern Chinoiserie Italian Ceramic Table Lamp
Located in Framingham, MA
Lovely 1960's large ceramic blue & green Italian modern lamp by Bitossi combined with a Chinoiserie iron base for Wilmar Lighting. Excellent condition. No chips or cracks or any blem...
Category

1960s Italian Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Iron

Pagoda Form Chinoiserie Chandelier
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Art Deco Italian red painted iron twelve-light chandelier with a dramatic pagoda form and amber beads around a glass ball. Newly wired.
Category

20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Iron

Pair of Chinoiserie Lamps, circa 1960
Located in High Point, NC
Pair of chinoiserie table lamps in a luscious red with hand painted decoration in shades of gold and brown.
Category

1960s English Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Pine, Paint

French Chinoiserie Turquoise-Blue Porcelain Encrier Table Lamp
Located in New York, NY
The underside of the cherry-blossom decorated palanquin forming the shade over the court figure with phoenix resting on the gilt-bronze mounted carton Pierre panel.
Category

Early 20th Century French Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ormolu

Chinoiserie Decorated Black-Ground Decalcomania Glass Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Decorated with chinoiserie figures at-play in a fantasy garden of insects, birds, foliage, and structures; Fitted with two bulb sockets and mounted on a turned giltwood base.
Category

Early 20th Century English Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Black and Gold Asian Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of black and gold Asian lamps, circa 1950s. They have been rewired and are ready to use. The price noted below includes the shades.
Category

1950s Chinese Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

Fine Medium Pair Navy Blue Gold Gilt Pagoda Bamboo Chinoiserie Lantern Fixtures
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful pair medium sized navy blue & gold gilt pagoda bamboo form chinoiserie lantern fixtures with a 4 candelabra light clusters Rewired and ready to install with chain canopy...
Category

20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Paint

Pair of 18th Century English Giltwood Chinoiserie Mirrors with Candleholders
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful pair of antique 18th century George II chinoiserie English carved giltwood mirrors with candleholders. These magnificently hand-carved giltwood mirrors are meticulously det...
Category

1780s English Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Giltwood, Mirror

Beaded Pagoda Chandelier, circa 1930
Located in Newport Beach, CA
Striking, hand-beaded, six-arm, Sicilian pagoda-style chandelier trimmed in gold and crimson. The pierced basket is matched by an upper body dish of the same, with the latter embelli...
Category

1930s Italian Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Metal

Early 20th Century Pair Chinoiserie Table Lamps
Located in Kitzbuhel, AT
Pair of chinoiserie table lamps made from a pair of ochre glazed porcelain bottle vases from the early 20th century. Transformed to table lamps with solid brass ends by Sofina Boutiq...
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Japanese Hand Painted Lamps
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of beautiful chinoiserie table lamps, made in Japan. Marked "Andrea by Sadek". Rewired with double socket cluster, mounted on greek key style metal bases. Note one has a stres...
Category

1960s Japanese Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Black Ginger Jar Ceramic Pottery and Brass Table Lamps, 1970s, Pair
Located in New York, NY
A stunning and substantial pair of black ceramic pottery 'ginger jar' table lamps with brass hardware and black lacquer wood bases, circa 1970s. Lamps hold two bulbs each with on/off...
Category

1970s Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Distressed Gilt Metal Asian Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of distressed gilt metal Asian lamps, probably Chinese, circa 1950s, possibly earlier. They have been rewired and are ready to use. The price noted below includes the shades.
Category

1950s Chinese Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of French Ormolu Mounted Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Ten Arm Candelabras
Located in New York, NY
A monumental pair of Chinoiserie style French Ormolu mounted Chinese blue and white porcelain ten arm candelabras. These are truly a beautiful and monumental pair of candelabras. The...
Category

1920s French Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Vintage 1950’s Frederick Cooper Chinoiserie Table Lamps
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Set of two vintage 1950’s Frederick Cooper Chinoiserie table lamps. Vintage Frederick Cooper Asian tea tin canister turned into table Lamps, Vintage table lamps, one large, one sm...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of Vintage English Chinoiserie White and Blue Hand-Painted Tole Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of English export Chinoiserie-style table lamps made of hexagonal tole tea caddies mounted as lamps with brass hardware, hand painted with various genre scenes of people, landsc...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

19th century Chinoiserie Tole Lamp Pair
Located in Savannah, GA
19th century tole painted urns fitted with brass paw feet onto pedestals. Newly rewired and converted into lamps. Gold gilt chinoiserie motif. Tapered retro hard back fine linen shad...
Category

1850s English Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass, Tin

Italian Chinoiserie Pagoda Form Bronze & Crystal Chandelier, Early 20th C.
Located in Charleston, SC
A sophisticated Italian crystal Chinoiserie pagoda chandelier in the Regency style is from the early 20th century. The bronze Pagoda frame is draped in crystal beaded chain in a diam...
Category

Early 20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Bronze

Mid Century Chinese Porcelain Celadon Urn Vase Lamp Stand Chinoiserie Boho Chic
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid Century Chinese oriental porcelain green celadon table lamp. Features a grecian style urn over oak plinthe and light along the top with chinese calligraphy finial.  
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain, Oak

Jar Chinese Porcelain Lamp, Wucai Style Decoration, 18th and 20th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Jar with handle Chinese porcelain lamp form the 18th century with enamel decoration in the wucai style representing flowers seed like eyelets. Handles dragoon shaped and green enamel...
Category

Late 18th Century Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain, Wood

Pair of Tole Chinoiserie Table Lamps
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Chinoiserie style tole table lamps with column shaped body on a plinth base. The lamp is further painted with motifs of anthemions on the column and a flaming torch framed by...
Category

20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

Gilt Metal Faux Bamboo Pagoda Chinoiserie Chandelier, 1960's
Located in Hastings, GB
French 1960’s Chinoiserie faux bamboo chandelier, gilt metal in the form of a Pagoda. The lamp is very much in the manner of Maison Bagues, delicately detailed bamboo stemmed cage, s...
Category

1960s French Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

2 Vintage Chinese Blanc De Chine White Dehua Porcelain Foo Fu Dog Lamps
Located in Dayton, OH
Two vintage Chinese Blanc De Chine white Dehua province foo dog lamps. Made of white porcelain featuring ornate guardian dogs with wide eyes and ornate tusks Measures: 24" x 8.5" ...
Category

Late 20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of Laurel Branch Rock Crystal Sconces
Located in New York, NY
A pair of design rock crystal sconces in the form of laurel branches.
Category

2010s North American Chinoiserie Lighting

Pair of Théodore Deck Lizards Vases Ormolu-Mounted in Lamps
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Théodore Deck (1823-1891) A pair of Lizards vases ormolu-mounted in lamps Enamelled Faïence vases with Aubergine background imitating basketry, Adorned with typically Blue Deck Sal...
Category

1870s French Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

Decorator Églomisé Decoupage Chinoiserie Lamp
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Elegant and detailed decorator temple jar form lamp with hand applied decoupage and églomisé silvered decoration on the interior. The mounts are authentic gold leaf over wood. An Asi...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Giltwood, Glass

1960s Blanc De Chine Table Lamp with Parrots and Flowers
Located in Miami, FL
1960s Blanc De Chine table lamp with parrots and flowers Offered for sale is a vintage 1960s Blanc de Chine table lamp decorated with parrots, columns under a pagoda roof, and ros...
Category

1960s Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Chinoiserie Pagoda Salmon Pink and White Enameled Glass Lantern Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
Wonderful chinoiserie pagoda square salmon pink and white contrast trim enameled paint and glass panel 4 light lantern fixture, completely rewired and ready to install with chain can...
Category

20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Enamel

Double Happiness Table Lamp
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A hand painted blue and white ceramic double happiness vase converted into a lamp. The vase lip is decorated with a key motif and the neck has two blue foo dog handles. Decorated wit...
Category

Late 20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Chinoiserie Verre Églomisé Lamp
Located in New York, NY
Reverse painted glass baluster-shaped vase decorated with various chinoiserie motifs including Mandarin figures, pagodas, lotus blossoms, yin yang emblems, and more on a cream ground...
Category

20th Century English Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Glass

Chinoiserie Hand Painted Ceramic Table Lamps, a Pair
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A pair of Chinoiserie hand painted ceramic table lamps. White squared ceramic vases are painted with a blooming cherry blossom branch and rest on four brass ball feet on a beveled br...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Vintage Brass Chinoiserie Lantern
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Vintage brass chinoiserie hanging three light lantern with details to the corners and frame.
Category

20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Blue Painted Pagoda Shaped Lantern with Original Glass
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chinoiserie style blue painted pagoda shaped lantern. This fixture still has its original antique glass. The lantern has been wired (it originally held a candle) and includes chain a...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

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