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

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A House of Cards: Exploring English Card Tables in the Eighteenth Century

Playing cards is a popular pastime today, but the history of card games dates back many centuries.  By the early eighteenth century, the tables specifically designed for playing cards appeared in England.  The basic form of these tables was a rectangular top that folded in half.  When opened, the top would be supported by legs that … Continue reading A House of Cards: Exploring English Card Tables in the Eighteenth Century