Thursday, November 5, 2009


We are often asked to paint Chinoiserie. Chinoiserie is a French word which refers to an imitation of Chinese motifs and techniques in Western art, especially in 17th and 18th cenury Europe. We have traveled to Sweden several times to study original works in the Chinese Pavillion of Drottningholm.

The panel above was done for Honey Collins Design to hang in the Wenham Museum's Designer Show House. It sold immediately and we have since reprocuced it digitally. These archival ink on canvas reproductions have been very well received.

Cupboard doors or panel insets are another popular use of the style.


We have painted numerous murals in assorted Chinoiserie styles all over the USA, but none has been more successful, in our minds, than the one where we were asked to make it really look like silk paper. Spending extra time on the base coat made all the difference.