Saturday, March 06, 2010

Famille Rose

In an earlier posting, I was very interested in some bedding with a chinoiserie pattern. After thinking about it a bit, it reminded me of an ad I saw in a 1960 edition of House & Garden.

No, it's not an exact copy, but it's definitely along the same lines as that from Duxiana. Could this style have become popular in the early 1960s become popular after the success of the film adaptation of The World of Suzie Wong? Life imitates art.

Also, thanks to my dear friend, designer Dave Laughrun, helped me to identify a more specific style of chinoiserie used in the both the previous bedding post as well as this one. The style in the previous entry uses the same color palette as 'Famille noire'—a style of Chinese porcelain that places it images on a black background (though the bedding was placed the image on indigo). In this posting the bedding imitates 'Famille rose'—a style which uses much softer colors. Nevertheless, centuries later, the two styles are still very attractive.

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