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Chinoiserie Lacquer

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
Chung Hsing Chinese Genuine Cinnabar Carved Lacquer Box, circa 1900
Located in Vero Beach, FL
This extraordinary cinnabar lacquer box is a masterpiece and exemplary among the highest level of intricate masterful ancient Chinese traditional carving. The lacquer, which is appli...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Enamel

1 of 2 Large Red Lacquered Chinese Painted Chinoiserie Mirrors
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale 1 of 2 full sized red Lacquered Chinese Chinoiserie free standing or over mantle mirrors in the Georgian taste A very decorative pair of mirrors...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Big Golden Black Lacquer Chinese Style Arrow Barrels
Located in Brea, CA
Big golden black lacquer Chinese Style arrow barrels, beautiful golden painting.
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Early 1900s English Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Lacquer

Antique Chinese Lacquered Octagonal Stacking Wedding Basket Box Tiffin
Located in Dayton, OH
"Antique Chinese six tiered octagon shaped wedding basket or box. Made of lacquered wood, bound in iron, with cranes, dragons and fish motif. Festive red stacking lacquer boxes ar...
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Early 20th Century Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Hardwood, Lacquer

Exceptional Dutch Lacquered Chinoiserie Cabinet on Stand, 17th Century
Located in Amsterdam, NL
An exceptional Dutch lacquered cabinet on stand with chinoiserie decoration` Holland, late 17th century` Pinewood covered in black linseed-oil varnish and gold decorations of b...
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Late 17th Century Dutch Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Pine, Lacquer

Antique Chinoiserie Black Lacquer Miniature Cabinet Jewelry Box, Chinese Export
Located in London, GB
A superbly decorative Chinese export black lacquer table cabinet of small proportions, exquisitely decorated with figures and birds throughout. Complete with five small drawers insid...
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Early 19th Century Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Lacquer

Pair of Regency Chinoiserie Lacquer Tea Caddies, Chinese Export, circa 1820
Located in London, GB
An extremely rare pair of Chinese export black lacquer tea chests of large proportions, exquisitely decorated with gilding throughout. Qing dynasty, early 19th century. Why we like ...
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Early 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Metal

1950s Asian Style Ebonized Hand Crafted, Hand Painted Room Divider Screen
Located in Germantown, MD
This vintage wood 4 panel, black lacquered Asian room divider is beautifully carved and painted on both sides. Each side displaying a different scene, one side for with birds and flo...
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Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Brass

Hand Decorated Chinese Wedding Box in Red Lacquer
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Chinese red lacquer two part wedding box. Entirely hand decorated with a bird and flowers on top and flowers and vines along the side. The interior is painted a deep apple green alo...
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1890s Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Enamel

Collection of Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer Boxes, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
Fine set of eight late 19th century black lacquer and gold decorated nesting boxes, of complex shape, some are lined with felt inside. Japan, Meiji period, circa 1880. In good an...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Lacquer

Black Lacquer Folio/Blotter in a Chinoiserie Style-England, 19th. Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Antique folio or blotter in black lacquer on papier mâché. The scene depicts five Chinese men standing in front of a pagoda with a background of trees and palm trees. One of the men ...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Silk, Lacquer, Paper

Chinese Lacquer Hand-Painted Toiletry Box with Mirror
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Valua...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Wood

English Chinoiserie Black Lacquered Tall Case Clock, Maker J. Jackeman, C. 1680
Located in Charleston, SC
English chinoiserie black lacquered and gilt stenciled tall case clock with a steel numeral engraved face surrounded by flanking cherubs and crown ormolu mounts, removable hood with ...
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1680s English Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Gold, Brass, Steel, Ormolu

Antique Chinoiserie Black Lacquered Nesting Table Set with Carved Dragon Feet
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique set of lacquered nesting tables was made by Wong Kwoko Hing from Canton China in circa 1910 in the period chinoiserie style. These graduated nesting tables are construct...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Softwood

Pair of Chinese Red, Gold and Black Lacquered Panels
Located in Boston, MA
Each decorated with a pavilion in a garden in a red frame.
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Mid-19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Lacquer

Chinese Red Lacquer & Brass Side Table Removable Ice Chest Style Hoof Foot Base
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Chinese red lacquer and brass ice chest, planter, accent table with galvanized insert and lid on hoof foot style removable base. This piece is in wonderful vintage condition...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Brass

Chinese Coromandel Black Lacquer Figural & Landscape Bone Screen, Late 19th Cent
Located in Charleston, SC
Chinese Coromandel figural black lacquer, soap stone, mother-of-pearl, and bone four-panel screen depicting pagoda and landscape scenes, decorative painted and gilt upper border pane...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Soapstone, Brass

Chinese Lacquered Coffee Table in Caramel
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Chinese lacquered coffee table in caramel with flowers and birds.
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20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Lacquer

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Chinese Export Coromandel lacquer and gilt six fold screen. Exceptional and rare six panel intaglio lacquer carving from the mid-20th century. It depicts courtly figures in a contin...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Qing Dynasty Chinese Buddhist Wood Carved Portable Shrine
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Qing Dynasty Chinese Buddhist wood carved portable shrine. Imperial Qing Dynasty Chinese intricately openwork carved altar shrine. It is hand carved in hardwood and depicts two s...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Qing Dynasty Chinese Carved Jade Medallion Pierced Pendant, Plaque
Located in Vero Beach, FL
This Qing dynasty detailed carving of glowing jade is pierced and incised throughout with an intricate and balanced design. The medallion features dragons intertwined and centered on...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Jade

Pair of Chinese Qing Dynasty Openwork Wall Hanging Giltwood Carvings
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Antique pair of Chinese 18th century Qing dynasty openwork wood carving Gilded screen work wall hanging architectural elements. This pair of Chinese panels is intricately hand ca...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Giltwood

Antique Large Chinese Metal and Cinnabar Humidor Art Deco Box, circa 1920
Located in Vero Beach, FL
This rare Chinese Art Deco box is made from copper alloy. The top is decorated with hand carved black cinnabar and highlighted with a finely carved bone figure and flowers. All four ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Copper

Chinese Qing Dynasty Bronze Statue of Seated Happy Maitreya Buddha
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Chinese Qing Dynasty Bronze Statue of Seated Happy Maitreya Buddha. A Chinese bronze statue from the late 18th century Qing Dynasty period is captured in the style of a “Laughing Bu...
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Bronze

Ancient Rare India Wood Hand Carved Polychrome Wall Panel with Iron Lock
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Ancient rare India wood hand carved polychrome wall panel with iron lock. Exciting and dramatic wood carving of a wall panel from India. It is probably from the 17th-18th century....
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18th Century Indian Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Wood

Antique Bronze Bust of Buddha, Thailand Ayutthaya, circa 18th Century
Located in Vero Beach, FL
This is a finely modeled and perfectly casted dark green patinated bust of Buddha. He has a serene smile, elongated eyes and long earlobes. The hair is fashioned in snail shell curls...
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18th Century Thai Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Bronze

Monumental Japanese Bas Relief Carving on Natural Wood Slab
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Monumental Japanese bas relief carving on natural wood slab Palatial sized Japanese wood carving from the Meiji Period (1868-1912). This stunning sculpture is carved with great sk...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Wood, Lacquer

19th Century Gold Gilded Bronze Buddha
Located in Vero Beach, FL
19th century gold gilded bronze Buddha A finely cast bronze Buddha statue in gold gilt with modeled and incised floral motifs. This jeweled God of Wealth Buddha is seated in lalit...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Bronze

  • 19th Century Gold Gilded Bronze Buddha
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  • 19th Century Gold Gilded Bronze Buddha
  • 19th Century Gold Gilded Bronze Buddha
H 7 in. W 5 in. D 3.75 in.
18th Century Tibetan Bronze Shakyamuni Buddha
Located in Vero Beach, FL
18th century Tibetan bronze Shakyamuni Buddha A rare and important bronze figure of Shakyamuni Buddha. This statue is seated on a beaded lotus base. The finger of the right hand s...
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18th Century Tibetan Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Bronze

Ming Dynasty Chinese Longquan Celadon Large Carved Sphere Porcelaneous Stoneware
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Ming dynasty Chinese longquan celadon large carved sphere porcelaneous stoneware. This is unquestionably a very important and extremely rare example of Chinese Longquan Celadon glob...
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17th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Chinese Coromandel Black Lacquer Figural & Landscape Bone Screen, Late 19th Cent
Located in Charleston, SC
Chinese Coromandel figural black lacquer, soap stone, mother-of-pearl, and bone four-panel screen depicting pagoda and landscape scenes, decorative painted and gilt upper border pane...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Soapstone, Brass

19th Century Chinoiserie Red Lacquered Lidded Rice Pail
Located in La Plata, MD
Gorgeous Chinoiserie hand painted rice pail with lid. Great decorative accent item. Measures: 19" Wide 13" Deep 14.5 Tall.
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1850s Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Lacquer

Chinese Two Color Tixi Cinnabar Round Box or Jar
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This is a Chinese two color Tixi cinnabar box or jar. Created early in the twentieth century with a stylized symbol design, black interior and brass collar. What makes this piece so ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Brass

Chinese 19th Century Chinoiserie Decorated Teacaddy with Interior Tea Boxes
Located in Wells, ME
This Chinese Export early 19th century chinoiserie decorated lacquered teacaddy retains its original pair of interior pewter hand engraved double lidded tea boxes. The tea boxes have...
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Early 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Lacquer, Wood

Chinese Export 19th Century Red and Black Chinoiserie Decorated Octagonal Box
Located in Wells, ME
Chinese export octagonal box with red and black grounds hand painted with scenes of every day life in gold. Each panel depicts one or two individuals surrounded by butterflies and pl...
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Early 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Wood, Lacquer

19th Century Chinese Black, Golded Lacquered Sewing Box and Writing Table
Located in Valladolid, ES
One of a kind 19 th century Chinese black lacquered and golded with chinoiseries sewing box and writing table . Unique and exclusive work of art. An stunning chinese sewing box with...
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1860s French Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

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Gold

19th Century Chinoiserie Tray Black with Gold Details
Located in Kitzbuhel, AT
Chinoiserie tray in black wood with beautiful detailed scenerie in gold. Decorated with pastoral chinoiserie scenes, 19th century handmade. Backside black lacquered. Very good condition
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Wood

French Louis XV Chinoiserie Commode with Marble Top
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
A French Louis XV style commode of bombe form with a lacquered black body decorated with chinoiserie designs on three sides depicting deities, the two drawers mounted with finely cha...
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19th Century French Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Marble, Ormolu

Fine 19th Century Chinese Coromandel Twelve-Leaf Screen
Located in London, GB
A 19th century Chinese Coromandel lacquer twelve-leaf screen, richly hand-painted with landscapes, vegetation and characters. Its reverse side presents a simpler floral and aviary de...
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Mid-19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Pair of Early 20th Century Red Lacquered Chinese Decorated Low Tables
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Pair of red lacquered Chinese decorated low tables. Nicely decorated. Very good condition.
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1930s Chinese Vintage Chinoiserie Lacquer

19th Century Chinese Export Richly Gilt Decorated Lacquer Sewing Box and Cover
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This fine Chinese sewing box made for the western market features an oblong octagonal and rounded form with four carved feet; all sides are richly decorated with panels of figures, b...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Wood

Chinese Lacquered Sewing Table
Located in Greding, DE
Beautiful 19th century Chinese sewing table.
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinoiserie Lacquer

Materials

Wood

  • Chinese Lacquered Sewing Table
  • Chinese Lacquered Sewing Table
  • Chinese Lacquered Sewing Table
  • Chinese Lacquered Sewing Table
H 27.96 in. W 25.6 in. D 17.33 in.

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