China Case

Thomas Chippendale (British, 1718-1779)
Matthew Darly, Engraver (British, 1710-1810)

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Eighteenth-century European furniture was influenced by the materials and motifs of East Asian art. The pagoda tops and various fretwork moldings included in this design are all European interpretations of traditional Chinese elements. The doors and sides would have been glass to display the porcelain "china" housed inside. Thus, the design of this piece of furniture and its function show European appreciation of Chinese art. This image appeared in all three editions of Chippendale's Director, attesting to the continued popularity of such furniture. — ("Eighteenth-Century Furniture Design," May 23, 2009—February 21, 2010, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Conant Galleries)

Object Information

artist
Thomas Chippendale (British, 1718-1779)
engraver
Matthew Darly (British, 1710-1810)
creation date
1753
materials
engraving
dimensions
8 7/8 X 13 3/4 in. (image)
10 1/2 X 18 in. (sheet)
series
The gentleman and cabinet-maker's director
accession number
73.2.114
credit line
Director's Discretionary Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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