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What is Chinoiserie?

Originating in the 17th century, Chinoiserie is a western European style of art and design influenced by the artistic traditions of pre-industrial China and East Asia. Its most common application can be seen in the decorative arts, in which it shares many elements with French rococo style such as abundant ornamentation or decoration, highly stylized nature, expansive color palette, and an extravagant aesthetic. The signature quality of much Chinoiserie furniture and decor is the use of fantasized imagery derived from European interpretations of life, art, and culture in China.

The style became more popular in the 18th century largely as a result of a rapidly expanding trade market between Europe, China, and India. These improved trade relations allowed westerners to become much more exposed to the art and culture of the eastern world, which from a western perspective was viewed as exotic and unexplored creative ground.

How to Pronounce Chinoiserie?

People who are unfamiliar with the term are often curious about the correct pronunciation. Originating from the French word “Chinois”, which translates literally to “from China”, phonetically it sounds like “shin-wahz-ree”. For English speakers, there is a tendency to see the word “noise” (like a loud or unpleasant sound) in the spelling of Chinoiserie when it is read. This is likely what leads to its most common mispronunciation.

Interior Design Trends

In terms of interior design fashion within the United States, Chinoiserie has long been trendy among the elite and experienced its peak from the 19th century to the later 1920s. It saw a resurgence in the 80s and 90s, and today is in favor again. Regardless of time period, it is a style that has always been favored for its uniquely ornate and exotic aesthetic.

Chinoiserie design motifs can be seen in everything from wallpaper, upholstery, fine china, ceramics, and even furniture. Imagery like idyllic rural Chinese landscapes, pagodas, traditional courtyards, and dragons are commonly featured. For more examples of Chinoiserie furniture, Chinoiserie porcelain, and other asian home decor, browse our featured sections below.

Common Decor Elements

Porcelain planters, jars, and vases decorated with classic blue and white motif are accents that seem timeless and are a natural fit for those looking to incorporate Asian style into their decor. Often featuring elaborate hand painted details, these fragile works of art can be mixed and matched to produce a charming focal point. Combine with your favorite floral arrangments for an even more striking effect.

chinoiserie blue and white decor

Figurines and statues of foo dogs have long been a classic (and subtle) way to invite an east Asian element into a space. They can be purchased in several styles, poses, materials, and colors to fit your needs. They also carry with them symbolic appeal, regarded as guardians that prevent harmful things from happening to the family. See more from our selection of Foo Dog decor.

For a bolder approach, Chinoiserie wallpaper can create a rich color palette and chic environment. There is no end to the wide variety of designs and different types of imagery available so the only boundary is your individual creativity.

red chinoiserie floor screen

Hand painted floor screens are a common Chinoiserie decorative element.

chinoiserie secretaire desk

Elaborate and ornate decoration is a hallmark of Chinoiserie furniture.

foo dogs figurines

Chinoiserie Furniture

Our collection of Chinoiserie furniture features lavish gold accents and hand painted landscapes set on either red or black matte. Browse floor screens, sideboards, desks, vanity cabinets, and more.

Chinoiserie Scenery Secretary Desk

Black and Gold Chinoiserie Secretaire

Red Queen Anne Chinoiserie Scenery Motif Accent Chair

Red Chinoiserie Scenery Motif Accent Chair

Chinoiserie Scenery Harpsichord Desk Set

Chinoiserie Scenery Harpsichord Desk Set

Black Lacquer Chinoiserie Scenery Hall Cabinet

Black Lacquer Chinoiserie Scenery Hall Cabinet

Chinoiserie Scenery 4 Panel Floor Screen

Chinoiserie Scenery 4 Panel Floor Screen

Black Chinoiserie Scenery Accent Cabinet

Black Chinoiserie Scenery Accent Cabinet

Black Crackle Chinoiserie Courtyard Commode

Black Crackle Chinoiserie Courtyard Commode

Chinoiserie Scenery 2 Drawer Oriental File Cabinet

Chinoiserie Scenery 2 Drawer Oriental File Cabinet

Red Lacquer Chinoiserie Scenery Hall Cabinet

Red Lacquer Chinoiserie Scenery Hall Cabinet


Chinese Porcelain

Our store features one of the largest collections of blue and white porcelain and other chinese decor available on the web. Browse figurines, planters, vases, bowls, and more.

Blue and White Porcelain Qing Emperor Set

Blue and White Porcelain Qing Emperor Set

Gold Leaf Koi Fish Chinese Porcelain Vase

Koi Fish Gold Leaf Vase

Blue and White Porcelain Peony Motif Fishbowl Planter

Blue and White Porcelain Peony Fishbowl Planter

Red and White Porcelain Double Happiness Oriental Jar

Chinese Double Happiness Jar

Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Monkey Holding Lotus Dish

Porcelain Monkey with Holder

Blue and White Porcelain Floral Motif Basin

Floral Motif Basin

Black and Gold Porcelain Flower and Vine Chinese Temple Vase

Gold Vine Chinese Temple Vase

Blue and White Porcelain Temple Vase

Blue and White Porcelain Temple Vase

Double Happiness Elephant Set

Double Happiness Elephant Set


Foo Dogs - Statues and Figurines

Each set is hand crafted with intricate attention to detail. Choose from small porcelain figurines, or large scale stone and marble statue sets.

Blue Peking Temple Foo Dog Oriental Figurine Set

Porcelain Blue Peking Foo Dogs

Yellow Porcelain Chinese Foo Dog Set

Yellow Porcelain Foo Dogs

Chinese Temple Iron Foo Dog Set

Chinese Temple Iron Foo Dogs

Imperial White Marble Chinese Foo Dogs Statues

White Marble Foo Dog Statues

Silver Plated Foo Dog Oriental Figurine Set

Silver Plated Foo Dogs

Red Porcelain Standing Chinese Foo Dog Set

Red Porcelain Foo Dogs


Date Modified: 2021-02-04

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Author: R. Crescenzo

Publisher: China Furniture and Arts Enterprises Inc. CFO Logo