The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Chinoiserie

As we continue our journey through the ABCs of decorative arts, today we stop to focus on chinoiserie, one of the predominant decorative trends in England in the eighteenth century.  Chinoiserie includes both decorative pieces from China made for the English market as well as pieces made in England emulating Chinese taste and design. Chinese Export … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Chinoiserie

The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Acanthus

When writing descriptions of antique furniture, we often describe in detail the decoration and ornamentation on the piece.  One of the features that appears again and again is the acanthus leaf.  But what actually is an acanthus, and why is it so popular? The acanthus ornament is a stylised version of a Mediterranean plant with jagged leaves … Continue reading The ABCs of Decorative Arts: Acanthus