Gorgeous Asian modern chinoiserie open two-piece solid rosewood wall unit room divider. Stands on its own and is finished on both sides, so it can act as a room divider. The bottom section offers open cabinet space with shelves behind beautifully hand carved brass accent door fronts. Top section is Ideal as a bookshelf or curio cabinet. This stunning piece features several convenient areas for showcasing books or collectibles.
Chinoiserie is a French word that means “in the Chinese taste”. It describes a European style of decorative ornament that was wildly popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and still looks great today.”
What most people don’t realize is that the style doesn’t come from China at all. As trade spread around the globe and Europe’s economy matured, more people could afford decorative goods. To keep up with demand for more ornate works, artisans created designs that were pure fantasy. Reading descriptions of Chinese scenes, European designers created their own versions. Often they are whimsical and even silly, and that makes them even more appealing.
For wealthy Europeans, owning artifacts from the Far East was a status symbol. With these artifacts came stories from the traders of the amazing temples and pagodas they had seen and the strange costumes and appearance of the Oriental people. Cultures from Persia all the way to China were called “Oriental” by the Europeans. They made little effort to distinguish one people from another, and the fanciful designs of Chinoiserie often blend Chinese, Japanese and Persian or Indian elements.”