Meaning of chinoiserie


Pronunciation: (shēn-wä"zu-rē', -wä'zu-rē Fr. shē-nwaz&supschwa-rē'), [key]
— pl. -ries
  1. a style of ornamentation current chiefly in the 18th century in Europe, characterized by intricate patterns and an extensive use of motifs identified as Chinese.
  2. an object decorated in this style or an example of this style: The clock was an interesting chinoiserie.
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