June 30–November 6, 2011
Decorative Arts Gallery
Presented by the Chipstone Foundation, Way of the Dragon: The Chinoiserie Style, 1710–1830 explores how chinoiserie developed and subsequently degenerated in the eighteenth century. Chinoiserie objects represent Europe’s attempt to translate the arts and the ornament of China, Japan, and India, and was popular in all of Europe, but the English in particular were mesmerized by the allure of the exotic land and its people. Way of the Dragon investigates and questions European perceptions of China, as reflected in its decorative arts.
London, England, “Creamware Teapot”, ca. 1775. Tin-glazed earthenware. Chipstone Foundation. Photo: Gavin Ashworth.