To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Baker Furniture presents five auspicious pieces with elements of chinoiserie, a style developed in seventeenth-century Europe paying homage to Asian design. Many people think “chinoiserie” refers to figures painted in an oriental style, but it’s actually a broader class of design motif drawing on a range of Asian techniques – from painting to carving to fretwork. Happy New Year! — Chinese New Year: A Celebration of Chinoiserie
A stunning example of craftsmanship, this mahogany cabinet is crowned with a pierced fretwork pagoda. The original was created in England c. 1760 and is included in the Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol. 1. This is the ultimate focal point.
This arm chair with carved and moulded borders features an unusual chinoiserie geometric pattern. English c. 1760.
The brilliant crimson Eglomisé panels have carved gilt borders and are gilded and engraved with chinoiserie designs of trellis work, floral patterns, and scrolling foliage. English c. 1695.
This extraordinary commode goes beyond reproduction to a sense of continuing craftsmanship with hand carving and hand decorating. The expertly-formed serpentine shape is an appropriate way to commemorate the Chinese New Year as we begin the “Year of the Snake.” Peking Cocktail Table The Peking Table draws on the vocabulary of Chinese Chippendale to reinforce the idea that traditional English furniture can live happily in a modern home. The blind fretand lyrical bracket are the kind of texture that many modern rooms lack. The subdued finishes allow it to go more places – and become an immediate classic.