Chinoiserie, a French word that essentially means “Chinese-esque”, is used to describe a European art style reflecting Chinese artistic influences. Gaining popularity in the 17th century, Chinoiserie’s whimsical patterns and fanciful designs graced furnishings found in the grand homes of countless European monarchs like Louis XV. We are big fans of this style here at Habersham and add new hand-painted Chinoiserie furniture designs to our line each year.
Among them, the new Monet Chinoiserie Breakfront design, shown here. Introduced during the High Point Market held earlier this year, this particular hand-painted Chinoiserie furniture design is part of our Claude Monet Collection. Pieces in this collection take their inspiration from Monet’s famed home in Giverny, France, his great works, and his many travels. He is said to have spent a great deal of time in Venice and the design lines and form of this particular piece are rooted in Venetian style. In choosing a finish, we decided that the dramatic black backdrop and delicate Chinoiserie motifs would bring a touch of subtle elegance to the design.
To see some of our other hand-painted Chinoiserie furniture designs, as well as a wide array of other furniture styles and finishes, click here.