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Chinoiserie Furniture

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 to contemporary interior designers, although it brings with it a complex history.

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Style: Chinoiserie
Vintage Asian Chinoiserie Carved Pagoda Mirror
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic vintage hand carved Chinoiserie mirror. A beautiful carved pagoda mirror with a charming little pagoda roof top. A chic cerused finish adds to the glamour. Acquired from a ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Mirror

Black Lacquered Chinese Cabinet with Gilt Hand Painted Motifs, Early 1900
Located in Florence, IT
Antique Chinese cabinet with hand-painted décor depicting people and traditional architectures in a landscape. The doors and the sides are hand-painted with floreal scenes, presentin...
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Early 20th Century French Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Brass

Set of Six English Chinoiserie Black and Gilt-Painted Tole Tea Canisters
Located in New York, NY
Each of cylindrical form with domed lid, elaborately decorated in vibrant polychrome with Mandarin figures in brightly-colored dress in exotic landscape settings, set between broad g...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Metal

Chinese Mid 20th-Century Blue and White Porcelain Vases, Pair
Located in Miami, FL
Chinese Mid 20th Century Blue and White Porcelain Vases, Pair Offered for sale is an elegant pair of Chinese Mid 20th-Century blue and white porcelain vases with delicately painte...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Maison Jansen Parcel-Gilt Mirror with COA from James Archer Abbott, 1940's
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Such an incredible piece of Maison Jansen history, this large and unique French Rococo style parcel-gilt mirror depicting a hand-painted Chinoiserie scene was authenticated by Maison...
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1940s Italian Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Wood, Lacquer, Paint

English Chinoiserie Gilt-Decorated and Black Japanned Tea Table
Located in New York, NY
With gilt-decorated rectangular top depicting Chinese court figures conversing in a mythical garden, within a band of highly stylized Chinoiserie fretwork interspersed with floral an...
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Early 1900s English Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wood

19th Century English Queen Anne Red Lacquered Chinoiserie Side Chair
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful 19th century English Queen Anne red lacquered chinoiserie side chair. Lovely hand painted images with a cane seat and back. So pretty! Note: There is a companion chair. Sol...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Cane, Wood

Baguès Japanned Top Cocktail Table with Birds and Peonies
Located in Pembroke, MA
Lovely French round cocktail or coffee table with colorful Japanned lacquered top surface in black ground, featuring red birds and peonies, yellow flowers and bamboo leaves. The fram...
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Mid-20th Century French Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Bronze

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...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Planters, Cachepots and Jardinières Bronze Cup with Early 20th Century
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
Midcentury brass planter of a large cup. Elegant midcentury planter made of yellow brass in the shape of a large cup. I It is perfect to put a large flowerpot or a floral center,...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Antique French Faux Bamboo Wall Mirror in Beechwood with Original Glass
Located in Casteren, NL
This antique French faux bamboo mirror was made from solid turned beechwood and was made in the early 1900s. This French mirror features a linear silhouette, adorned with four simple...
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Early 20th Century French Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Beech

Chinoiserie Burnt Bamboo Tortoise Hanging Folding Wall Shelves, a Pair
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A pair of burnt bamboo or tortoiseshell bamboo bentwood foldable hanging wall shelves. Each piece is created from beautiful brown and black bamboo. Each shelf features two shelves th...
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Mid-20th Century Southeast Asian Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Bamboo

Pretty Vintage Chinese Peking Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Nice mid century Chinese beijing rug with beautiful Chinese Art Deco design and beautiful colors, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wool, Cotton

Pair of Louis XV Chinoiserie Gilt Bronze Figural Chenets
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rare and stunning pair of French Louis XV style gilt bronze figural chenets or andirons made in the chinoiserie revival taste of the early 20th century Europe. Features a beautiful v...
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20th Century French Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Brass, Bronze

English Regency Chinoiserie Nesting Tables
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Set of two English regency nesting tables made in the Chinese taste featuring a hand lacquered finish and hand painted scenes. The top table has a geisha and cloud motif. The bottom ...
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20th Century English Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Antique Chinese Art Deco Runner
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful antique Chinese composite rug in shape of runner with a beautiful Chinese Art Deco design, circa 1900, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wool

Blue Chinese Rug Pillow
Located in New York, NY
Pillow made from an early 20th century Chinese blue Peking rug. Measures: 18'' x 18''.
Category

Late 19th Century Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Foam

Herend Large Jug Pitcher Decor SN Siang Noir, circa 1960
Located in Vienna, AT
Huge Herend jug / pitcher with handle of remarkable appearance (with lizzard) Size: width of jug (measured from spout to handle): 30.0 cm / 11.81 inches height of jug: 34.0 cm ...
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1960s Hungarian Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Century Chair Co. Horseshoe James Mont Style Oriental Asian Arm Chair
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Century Chair Co. Horseshoe James Mont style oriental asian arm chair. Item features brass accents, solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, original label, very nice vintage i...
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Late 20th Century Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Wood

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 ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wicker, Cane, Rattan

Early 20th Century Jade and Fire Gilded Bronze Belt Buckle
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Early 20th century Chinese jade and fire gilded bronze belt buckle.
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Jade, Bronze

French Chinoiserie Majolica Vase
By Aprey Pottery Factory
Located in New York, NY
French Chinoiserie Majolica vase. Purple, blue, green and yellow baluster vase with gilding and diapering in the chinoiserie style with bugs and butterflies and plum blossoms. Red un...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Faience

Chinese Wooden Hand Carved Naturalistic Edged Display Stand
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Large Chinese free form hand carved wood display stand with dark stained naturalistic border. Probably created to display a hand carved artifact in stone or possibly other materials....
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1940s Chinese Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wood

Late 19th Century Chinoiserie Bamboo Corner Cabinet
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Beautiful English chinoiserie decorated lacquer and bamboo corner cabinet having a bevelled glass door that opens to a compartment lined in rattan. The lovely piece is adorned with l...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Bamboo, Glass

Chinese Sculptured and Painted Clay Figure of a Man Holding a Lingzhi Mushroom
Located in Stockholm, SE
A finely sculptured and painted Chinese clay figure of a standing man holding a Lingzhi mushroom, Early 20th century. Worn paint and with some older restorations.
Category

Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Clay

1930s Chinoiserie Cabinet or Credenza
Located in Atlanta, GA
Hand Painted Chinoiserie Cabinet or Credenza, probably Chinese Export, circa 1930s or earlier. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a credenza, cabinet, sideboard, or ba...
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1930s Chinese Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Metal

Chinese Red Lacquered Chinoiserie Carved Bench
Located in New York, NY
Asian Chinese (19th century) red lacquered chinoiserie carved bench with black seat cushion.
Category

19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wood

Dark Brown Vintage Chinese Rattan Basket, circa 1950
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
A vintage Chinese rattan basket adopting a Minimalist design with dark coloured fibres. Circa 1950 Dimensions: Height 29cm diameter 36cm.
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Rattan

English Chinoiserie Tilt Top Pedestal Tripod Table
Located in Rio Vista, CA
19th century Engish tilt-top pedestal table made in the Chinoiserie revival period. The round table features a birdcage base support mounted to a pedestal style turned column ending ...
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19th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

French Tole Umbrella Rack Cachepot by Gherardo Degli Albizzi
Located in Florence, Tuscany
Limited production of French tole umbrella rack in chinoiserie style. Hand painted decoration with vegetal motifs at the bottom and drapery on the top and colors. Round shaped with s...
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2010s Italian Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Tin

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon 22" Pillow
Located in New York, NY
This pillow features Chiang Mai Dragon with a self-welt finish. An instant hit from the moment we introduced it, this is one of our best-loved designs. The chinoiserie motif was insp...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Linen

19th Century Decalcomania Trumpet Vase
Located in London, GB
A mid-nineteenth century Decalcomania vase of trumpet form, with a roll top and concave body, decorated throughout with chinoiserie on a cream ground.
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Blown Glass, Paper

Sensational Pair of Bronze Asian Figural Wall Sconces
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A fabulous and rare pair of heavy bronze wall sconces by Maitland Smith. In the Asian style, these wall sconces depict a seated man and a seated woman holding fans and umbrellas in b...
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1970s Philippine Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Chinoiserie Burl Wood and Black Dresser by Century Furniture
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Exceptional chinoiserie dresser by Century Furniture. Features burl wood drawer faces with a black frame.  
Category

1980s American Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Brass

Vintage Jasper Oriental Chinoiserie Ebony Two Door Cabinet or Vitrine
Located in Plainview, NY
A stylish two glass door cabinet Chinoiserie style cabinet or vitrine by Jasper Company. the two-pieces cabinet is made of ebonized wood and features fine hand painted Oriental desi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Glass, Wood

Chinoiserie Coffee Table in Deep Brown Lacquer
Located in Atlanta, GA
Chinoiserie coffee table in deep brown lacquer, probably Chinese or Japanese, circa 1950s. It exhibits a wonderful original surface with overall craquelure to the lacquer finish that...
Category

1950s Chinese Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wood

Oriental Chinese Carved Rosewood Pedestal, Plant Stand with Granite Top, a Pair
Located in Plainview, NY
A classy pair of hand-carved Rosewood Chinese Oriental plant stands or pedestals. The aprons are embellished with floral design carving and the legs are beautifully curved with the c...
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Rosewood

Antique French Faux Bamboo Wall Mirror in Beechwood with Original Glass
Located in Casteren, NL
This antique French faux bamboo mirror was made from solid turned beechwood and was made in the early 1900s. This French mirror features a linear silhouette, adorned with four simple...
Category

Early 20th Century French Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Beech

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...
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1970s Spanish Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wood

Pair of Nancy Corzine Chinoiserie Marble Top Sideboard Chests
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Spectacular pair of large sideboard chests, buffets, or credenzas featuring hand-painted parcel gilt chinoiserie reserves by Nancy Corzine. The bespoke cabinets have a serpentine fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Marble

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 Furniture

Materials

Metal

Pair of Clean Lined Mirrors with Subtle Asian Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of clean lined mirrors with subtle Asian design, Asian, circa 1950s.
Category

1950s Chinese Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Wood

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 Furniture

Materials

Tôle

Wooden Sculptures on Base Buddha with Polychromy Traces
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Rare pair of Buddha wooden heads sculptures , with polychrome traces - smiling and peaceful - Rested on a pair of wood capitals, same era. SET. Suitable for the entrance to a living...
Category

Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wood

Delft Hand Painted Porcelain Lidded Urn Vase/Ginger Jar
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a Delft hand painted colorful porcelain lidded ovoid shaped urn vase. It is also reeded with a scalloped border at the upper and bottom area. The vase is adorned with a peaco...
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20th Century Dutch Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Pair of 19th Century Chinese Lacquered Garden Stools or End Tables
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of 19th century Chinese lacquered garden stools or end tables, China, circa 19th century. Outstanding craftsmanship to the hand carved, painted and lacquer finish. They were pur...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wood

Teapot, Sir Joshua Reynolds, or ho-ho bird, pattern. Worcester, circa 1765
Located in Melbourne, AU
A fine, large example of the Joshua Reynolds pattern, with panels of mazarin-blue alternating with the traditional ho-ho bird.  
Category

Mid-18th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

French Gilt Bronze and Faience Clock Set in the Chinoiserie Style
Located in London, GB
French gilt bronze and faience clock set in the chinoiserie style French, late 19th century Clock: Height 52cm, width 43cm, depth 18cm Candelabra: Height 53cm, width 26cm, depth 1...
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Bronze, Ormolu

Vintage Chinese Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful little Chinese rug with a nice design and beautiful colors, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
Category

Late 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wool

English Chinoiserie Bowl
Located in New York, NY
English chinoiserie bowl with flowers birds and figures with pagoda in landscape. Impressed marks for Bestgoods, England, circa 1840s. Dimension: 12" D x 2.25" H.
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Pottery

Gilded Chinoiserie Black Lacquer Coffee Table
Located in Houston, TX
Gilded chinoiserie black lacquer coffee table, or low table, from France (circa 1920s-1930s). Carved and decorated in Chinese style.
Category

1920s French Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Gold Leaf

Pretty Vintage Chinese Peking Art Deco Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Nice mid century Chinese peking rug with beautiful Chinese Art Deco design and nice colors, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
Category

Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wool, Cotton

Antique 19th Century Chinoiserie Bronze Lantern with Painted Mirror and Glass
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique 19th century English Chinoiserie bronze lantern with painted mirror and glass.
Category

19th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Brass Tray with Bamboo Gallery
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large rectangular brass tray with brass bamboo gallery - the size and shape are of good size. The Ralph Lauren inspired look works well in many settings, from the bar, dressing ro...
Category

20th Century English Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Brass

Chinese Red Lacquer Lattice Dining Chairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
Chinese Red Lacquer Lattice Dining Chairs, Italian, circa 1960s. They retain their original Chinese Red color lacquer finish and caned seats. We can reupholster the cushions in your ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wood

Pair of Mid Century Teal & Gilt Elephant Plant Stands
Located in Kenilworth, IL
Unusual and rare pair of mid century elephants. Richly patinated in greens and gold, these twin sentries will elevate your gazebo, garden or orangerie. This green blue is a 'lost' co...
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Mid-20th Century Asian Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Famille Rose Ceramic Chinoiserie Floor Vase in Gold, Pink and Blue
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Grand Millenials rejoice! This oversize ceramic floor vase will be a statement piece in any room. Standing at nearly 4' tall, this vase is created from ceramic, and round in shape. T...
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20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Ceramic, Paint

Union National Chinoiserie Yellow Paint Decorated King Size Bed Headboard
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Union National yellow Chinoiserie paint decorated lacquer king size bed headboard. Item features impressive king size frame, yellow lacquer finish with chinoiserie decoration, origin...
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Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Furniture

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

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