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My Passion for Chinoiserie

Since the time Marco Polo returned from his famous trek to China Europeans have been intrigued and then enamored with the exotica of the orient. This fascination found its  peak in Europe with the period known as  the rococo. It manifested itself in architecture, interiors, porcelain, gardens, painting and even fashion. Once the early Chinese pieces found their way into the European market  there developed a new style which was a blend of classic Chinese motifs and objects from China with a European sensibility.  The French titled this Le style de Chine or chinoiserie.  This fashion reached it’s pinnacle in the third quarter of the 18th century. Over four centuries later we  designers continue to be inspired by this style.

My love affair with Chinoiserie began in the late 70’s when I purchased my first piece of export porcelain (albeit with chip in it), a Blue Canton  plate. Thus  began a long affair with this style.

I just adore the fabulous 18th century Chinese House (Chinesisches Haus) is a garden pavilion in Sanssouci Park in Potsdam, Germany. The gold figures pop against the celadon building.

The great French Rococo painters of the 18th Century, Boucher and  Fragonard depicted romantic moments. In this François Boucher painting we see both occidental and oriental influences.

After I purchased and restored  my historic house in Charleston  S.C.  I finally realized a bucket list item in the creation of my own chinoiserie room.  Coincidentally pre revolutionary Charleston, was the place in the colonies that first  imported the Chinese china pattern Blue Canton. Talk about full circle Chinoiserie experience!

To continue my love of Chinoiserie in design and to explore new areas of designing product I love I am presenting in this blog post and on line a collection of chinoiserie inspired jewelry.  These  pieces’ are beautifully made in America. My lovely Parisienne god daughter Volga expresses how to wear these gorgeous pieces with modernity.

These bracelets, earrings, and ring are available at the  Carolyne Roehm Shop.

By |2018-12-04T19:15:30+00:00November 16th, 2018|Design, Prints, Books, & Jewelry, Right Now|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Leda Letitia Freire Ribeiri December 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Carolyne, I love your blog, books. You are simply the most intersting and creative artist I can see. Merry Christmas! 🌲🌲🌲

    • Carolyne Roehm December 12, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      Dear Leda, Thank you for those kind words! Out of curiosity where are you from? Where ever have a lovely holiday season! cr

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