A VERY FINE AND UNUSUAL GEORGE III CHINOISERIE PAINTED SIDE CABINET

June 15 2009, 10:41am

English. Circa 1800. The early-nineteenth-century enthusiasm for Chinoiserie among fashionable aristocratic circles reached its apogee in the fantastical interiors of George IV’s opulent exotic palace, Brighton Pavilion. However, the more considered and studied chinoiserie of the present cabinet, dating from around 1800, presages this extravagant affair with the east and places the cabinet in a distinctly eighteenth-century tradition of design and decoration. The highly unusual painted decoration of the present cabinet, which has been remarkably well preserved, draws its inspiration from the rich decorative vocabulary of eighteenth-century chinoiserie, combining these elements in a unique and imaginative way. These decorative themes are accompanied by the subtle eighteenth-century form of the cabinet.