Dragons & Pagodas

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Dragons & Pagodas

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Author :   Aldous Bertram
Publisher :   Vendome Press
Published :   23/09/2021
ISBN :   9780865653849
Format :   Hardback
Pages :   256
Size (mm) :   305x315x28
Weight (g) :   1810

Chinoiserie is a term for Western art and design inspired by a largely invented vision of China. Marco Polo's sensational account of his visit to the exotic East in the 13th century sparked an insatiable demand for knowledge of China. The feeling was... Read more
 
Chinoiserie is a term for Western art and design inspired by a largely invented vision of China. Marco Polo's sensational account of his visit to the exotic East in the 13th century sparked an insatiable demand for knowledge of China. The feeling was not mutual, however, and the Chinese kept the Western 'barbarians' at arm's length. By the 18th century, piecemeal reports about the country filled with hearsay and myth were eagerly disseminated across Europe, and fascination with China reached a fever pitch. Everything that found its way out of China was highly prized, from blue-and-white porcelain vases to lacquer screens to precious tea leaves. But because a clear vision of the country was perpetually shrouded in mystery, Westerners revelled in the fanciful interpretations of Chinese life churned out by artists, and chinoiserie was born.