Thursday, October 29, 2009

Creating Drama with Chinese Porcelain


Instant Chinoiserie drama can be created with the addition to your home of oversized Chinese porcelain pieces. Perfect spots are an entry like this gorgeous Charlotte Moss example above, a mantle or fireplace, or a dining room table. Pedestals add to the impact. These need not be antiques or fine pieces-the pair in front of my family room fireplace were $60 for the pair from Pier One Imports.

Carolyne Roehm


Arttiques


via Chic Coles


Kensington Palace

My home



16 comments:

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

A pair are on my want list right up at the top.$60 dollars at pier one. will have to check them out. Lillian August have some I have been eyeing for a while. I want the really large ones like Carolyne Roehm image. Love yours.

Lauren said...

Have you ever seen Sargent's painting "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit"? I have been in LOVE with giant porcelain vases ever since I saw them in that painting(you can see it here)!

I remember learning (in art history, a while ago) that they were all the rage at one time, a status symbol of culture among the very wealthy, due to the cost and difficulty of acquiring and transporting them! Anyway, this reminded me of that.

Also, you have fantastic obelisks! Are they covered in shells?

Lauren

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE

lady jicky said...

I love your blue and white ginger jars with the foo dog tops - but, you know I would as I do have a "thing" for pekingese dogs! LOL

Sanity Fair said...

You have such a beautiful collection in your home! The Kensington Palace example is stunning. I'm also really a fan of the first pic by Moss - the way the branches frame the room, tree like, but without being too woodsy in a formal setting (if woodsy is a word).

Kitty said...

i'm, green with envy over your extensive collection of blue and white.

Theresa Cheek said...

Love your vase with the amaryllis. Good of you to mention a lower end source such as Pier 1 for this look as well!

Chic Provence said...

THIS is a beautiful post! I love the setting from Chic Coles, the navy wall with white trim is so elegant, too!

Style Redux 2 said...

CC-They certainly add instant glamor, don't they?

Style Redux 2 said...

Lauren-I love that painting and never miss seeing it when I am in Boston. Yes, the obelisks are all covered in seashells-I think they are wonderful. I love the mix of seashells and Chinese porcelain and use it elsewhere in my home.

Style Redux 2 said...

Lady Jicky-I love foo dogs anywhere. Check out Style Redux today-my own little foo dog won last night!

Style Redux 2 said...

Sanity Fair-Thanks-I have a pair of the tulipieres like the Kensington Palace ones on my mantel.

Style Redux 2 said...

Kitty-Thanks so much!

Style Redux 2 said...

Theresa-Thanks-there are plenty of great things out there that are well priced.

Style Redux 2 said...

Kit-Yes-that dining room is a great example.

Averill said...

Beth, I love it when you share vignettes from your own home -- and these three are particularly lovely!

Style Redux 2 said...

Averill-The dining room with the blue walls reminded me of yours.