Introducing... 'Chinoiserie'

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Introducing... 'Chinoiserie'

Introducing... 'Chinoiserie'

Dates: Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 October 2021
Times: 14.00–16.00 BST
Location: Zoom Webinar (Online)
Tutor: Jane Gardiner
Level: All Levels

Course Description: This course introduces the fascinating subject of ‘chinoiserie’ – a term used to describe a style of art which flourished in 18th-century Europe, inspired by but often freely interpreting the art and culture of China and Japan. There are many superb examples to be explored in the Wallace Collection, from snuff boxes to porcelain and furniture.

We’ll begin by examining the opening up of trade routes between Europe and East Asia in the late 16th century, as well as the establishment of the East India Trading Companies and the craze for all things ‘exotic’, particularly porcelain and lacquer, which followed. This had an enormous impact on European taste, and we’ll explore the ways in which designers took inspiration from the subjects depicted on these imported goods to create a whimsical, sometimes fantastic and thoroughly European style. We’ll learn that this would have an impact on every branch of interior design and the decorative arts throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, and which can still be felt today.

Please read the full course description here.

Joining Information and Format: This course will be taught through Zoom Webinar. For more information, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit

Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a five-minute break and Q&A session with the tutor.

Tickets are for both dates of this course. Ticket holders will be emailed the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of the first course session, which should be retained for accessing both sessions.

Course Recording: This course will be recorded. Within 48 hours of each course session, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
19/10/2021 14:00 16:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Standard) £35
Online Course (Concession) £32
Online Course (Member) £30
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