Chinoiserie Blue and White Large Umbrella Stand
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This chinoiserie umbrella stand might have some delicate patterns on display, but it’ll be a robust, hard-working addition to any hallway.
Ever the trendsetter, The Sun King saw early that Eastern designs and materials were going to be in vogue sooner or later. When he commissioned the Trianon de Porcelain at Versailles – a grand pavilion decorated in lavish porcelain tiles – it was guaranteed to be a hit with the nobles.
In the 18th Century, as global trade took off, the European markets were first introduced to Chinese goods. Fascinated with this mysterious new culture, there was an insatiable Western demand for Chinese art and wares, resulting in imitations being produced at home in Europe. The hunger for new experiences and ideas, and the fusion of cultures gave birth to chinoiserie, and people still love it to this day.
Don’t let names deceive you. Although this piece is an umbrella stand, you should use it for whatever you see fit. For example, it would work well with a kentia palm growing from it.
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