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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 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 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

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

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...
Category

1970s Philippine Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass, Bronze

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

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

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

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 Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Porcelain Chinoiserie Ginger Jar Lamp by Kinder Harris
By Kinder-Harris
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Stunning porcelain ginger jar table lamp made in the chinoiserie taste by Kinder-Harris. Features a vintage blue and yellow porcelain ginger jar craquelure finish mounted to a round ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Unusual Blue and White Lamps, Rectangular Form, Abstract Horse Design
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Unusual 20th century blue and white lamps, rectangular form, abstract horse design Measures: 7" sq base 16.5" vase height 27.5 overall height.
Category

20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pair of Large Chinese Blue and White Rectangular Table Lamps
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large 20th century blue and white Chinese rectangular table lamps Measures: 9.25" SQ 17.5" H to top of vase 28" overall height.
Category

20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

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

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

Vintage White Porcelain Blanc De Chine Large Scale Asian Figure Chinoiserie Pair
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous vintage white porcelain Blanc De Chine large scale Asian figure chinoiserie pair of lamps with off-white silk-like bell shades and black bases. Beautiful condition, keeping ...
Category

Late 20th Century Unknown Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

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

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

Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Ginger Jar Table Lamps with Ebonized Wood Stands
Located in Miami, FL
Chinese blue & white porcelain ginger jar table lamps with ebonized wood stands Offered for sale is a pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain ginger jar lamps that are mounted on...
Category

Late 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Porcelain, Fabric

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

Set of Four French 19th Century Wall Lights
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very decorative set of four French gilded ormolu, rococo influenced chinoiserie wall lights, each with China-men head and two branch sconces.
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ormolu

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

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

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

Pair of English Chinoiserie Painted Reverse on Glass Giltwood Mirrored Sconces
Located in New York, NY
A fantastic pair of English chinoiserie painted reverse on glass, carved giltwood mirrored two-light sconces. Each is beautifully hand carved and gilt in a gorgeous gold finish with ...
Category

19th Century English Antique Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Mirror, Giltwood

Chinese Blue Grey Pottery Table Lamps with Original Shades, Pair
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of Chinese blue grey pottery table Lamps with original shades in goatskin. Solid brass shaft with double sockets. Perfect working condition and each Lamp uses two 40 watts l...
Category

20th Century Asian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Green and Gilt-Painted Bronze and Glass Hanging Lanterns
Located in New York, NY
The intersecting glass panes frosted with leaves, surmounted by a foliate canopy; with four electrified candlearms.
Category

20th Century Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Bronze

Pair of Large Antique Chinese Brass Trimmed Pewter Tea Caddies as Table Lamps
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This pair of antique Chinese brass trimmed tea caddies have been made into table lamps likely in the US. They are of very attractive quality and rest on carved bases following the ou...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Brass, Pewter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pair of Blue Chinoiserie Hand Painted Table Lamps in the Style of Billy Haines
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Pair of Chinoiserie lamps with decoration in deep turquoise blue and gold. A chic pair of lamps that evoke the style of Billy Haines. They reminded us of Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage,...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of Large Scale Asian Style Guan Yin Lamps
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of large Scale Asian style Guan Yin Buddha head lamps, American, circa 1960s. They have been rewired and are ready to use. The price noted below includes the shades.
Category

1960s American Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Resin, Plaster

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

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

Yellow Ceramic Chevron Chinoiserie Table or Desk Lamp with Silk Shade
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful bright yellow Chevron pattern ceramic table or desk lamp with coordinating yellow silk shade, in the Chinoiserie style, circa mid-20th century. Lamp body is a bright...
Category

1970s Asian Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Silk, Wood, Ceramic

Superb Chinoiserie Floorlamp 1930s
Located in Den Haag, NL
Unique piece, this Chinese square shaped floor lamp. Hand painted On the base 4 different Chinese pictures. included a Beautiful Oval shaped green Silk shade, Rewired, 1 E27 bulb.  
Category

1930s Chinese Vintage Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Wood

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

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

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 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

Fine Medium Black & Gold Gilt Pagoda Bamboo Chinoiserie Lantern Three Fixtures
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful medium sized black & gold gilt pagoda bamboo form chinoiserie lantern fixture with 4 candelabra light cluster. Rewired and ready to install with chain canopy and mountin...
Category

20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Paint

Pair of French Red Toleware Chinoiserie Lamps
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Gorgeous pair of French Chinoiserie decorated tole lamps with raised painted scenic and gilt decorations. Baluster form body on a round plinth base. The shade rest is adjustable to a...
Category

Early 20th Century French Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Enamel, Metal

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 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

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

Chinoiserie Latte Clr Ginger Jar Lamp Frosting Design Pleated White Fabric Shade
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous vintage chinoiserie ceramic latte colored ginger jar lamp with frosting design & an angular cut off pleated corner white fabric shade. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind t...
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Metal

Wonderful Pair Chinoiserie Pagoda White Enameled Gold Trim Glass Lantern Fixture
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful pair of chinoiserie pagoda form white enameled with gold trim and glass panel lantern fixture fitted with four candelabra sockets. Accompanied by chain and canopy as wel...
Category

20th Century Italian Chinoiserie Lighting

Materials

Enamel

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