Fine chinoiserie lacquer longcase clock, by John Smorthwaite, Colchester, 18th century with later lacquer
England, 230cm high
chinoiserie. Forms and decorative devices in imitation of the Chinese taste. First became popular in the late 17th century, though there were frequent revivals, notably by Chippendale (hence 'Chinese Chippendale') during the Regency period, and the Anglo-Japanese style in the second half of the 19th century. The ubiquitous 'willow pattern' is the most common 'Chinese' theme used in porcelain and black or red painted or lacquered decoration on furniture, though the hallmark of the furniture style is the use of fretwork in geometrical patterns, pagodas and other decorative forms. Japonaiseries, as the name implies, are motifs in imitation of the Japanese taste
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