Decoration in the Chinese style, popular throughout Europe, particularly France: (1) Embossing with Chinese figures in the Dutch style; (2) Linear decoration in flat chasing, exclusive to England, c. 1680-1690 (referred to as Chinoiserie throughout, all else being “in the Chinese style”); (3) Repousse Rococo decoration using Chinese motifs, mainly found on objects concerned with tea, c. 1750.
The term used to describe Chippendale-style Western interpretations of Chinese styles in Chinese lattice back furniture, porcelain, textiles, etc. These were very popular during the 17th and 18th centuries up to about 1765, and again in the early 19th century to a briefer extent. Since then there has been a recurrence roughly every fifty years.
decoration "in the Chinese style." You could have chinoiserie furniture or wall-paper, for instance, with an exotic bird or bamboo motif. Plates depicting Chinese scenes and figurines of Chinese people were also wildly popular. People also built miniature "pagodas" as garden follies. Of course, the port of Canton was closed to foreigners at this time, so the designers using these patterns knew almost nothing about China. As a result, most chinoiserie bears no resemblance to real Chinese people or culture, but having some around made you look sophisticated and fashionable. (Regency people were crazy about all sorts of exotic lands and cultures.)
The term applied to furniture and other items following the fashion, prevalent in the late C18th, for Chinese style decoration and ornamentation. This manifested itself on fabrics, wallpapers, porcelain, furniture, garden architecture, and decoration in general.
Chinoiserie refers to a European artistic style which reflects Chinese influence and is characterized through the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, asymmetry and whimsical contrasts of scale, the use of lacquerlike materials and decoration. Chinoiserie entered the European repertory in the mid-to-late seventeenth century; its popularity peaked around the middle of the eighteenth century, when it was easily assimilated into rococo.