Regency parcel-gilt Japanned and ebonised pedestal occasional or wine table in the Chinoiserie style, complete with brass lion paw feet and large brass bosses to the base. The top is decorated and painted in gold in the typical style of the Regency period.
Size; 32 cm D x 44 W x 73 H
The aesthetic of Chinoiserie has been expressed in different ways depending on the region. Its acknowledgement derives from the current Orientalism which studied Far East cultures from a historical, philological, anthropological, philosophical and religious point of view. First appearing in the 17th century, this trend was popularized in the 18th century due to the rise in trade with China and the rest of East Asia.
As a style, chinoiserie is related to the Rococo style. Both styles are characterized by exuberant decoration, asymmetry, a focus on materials, and stylized nature and subject matter that focuses on leisure and pleasure. Chinoiserie focuses on subjects that were thought by colonial-era Europeans to be typical of Chinese culture.