[sheen-wah-zuh-ree, -wah-zuh-ree; French shee-nwazuh-ree]
- a style of ornamentation current chiefly in the 18th century in Europe, characterized by intricate patterns and an extensive use of motifs identified as Chinese.
- an object decorated in this style or an example of this style: The clock was an interesting chinoiserie.
Origin of chinoiserie
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Examples from the Web for chinoiserie
The Duchess looked elegant in a pale grey coat over a hand-painted silk floral “chinoiserie” dress by Jenny Packham.William, Kate and Harry Attend Wedding of Diana's Niece
June 11, 2012
Recently I planned a small boudoir in a country house that depended on a gay Chinoiserie paper for its charm.
Mrs. Frederick Havemeyer has a similar bed covered with a Chinoiserie chintz.
Garner shows a Lambeth mug embodying this style of decoration combined with a suggestion of Chinoiserie around the waist.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia
C. Malcolm Watkins
- a style of decorative or fine art based on imitations of Chinese motifs
- an object or objects in this style
French, from chinois Chinese; see -ery
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