The fine art of chinoiserie has been in existence since the 17th century, and it depicts Chinese style designs applied to furniture, ceramics and fabrics. Chinoiserie is wonderfully beautiful, and tends to depict realistic and fictitious animals, insects, people, foliage, structures and various other elaborate Asian designs that can be incorporated into a number of decorating themes.
Decoupage, from the French ‘to cut’, can trace its roots to the twelfth century in China and Siberia, where Nomadic tribes cut out felts that they used to decorate or honour the tombs of the dead. Decoupage became even more popular during the nineteenth century with women who considered themselves fashionable used cut-outs to dress up screens and furniture with unique designs. The craft was especially popular with England’s upper and growing middle classes. During the twentieth century, people would decoupage everything from their purses to their dressers.
Very eye-catching indeed.