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Chinoiseries Hardcover – April 22, 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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"This is a truly handsome volume with its front embossed cover, colorful end papers, and elegant artwork." ~Chicago Botanic Garden

"Like pinned butterflies, each finely rendered specimen floasts vulnerably on the page, completely decontextualized." ~I.D.

"This spring, if you are dreaming of building a summerhouse in the country, here is the perfect book to inspire you to get out the tape measure and drafting paper." ~The New York Observer

About the Author

Bernd H. Dams and Andrew Zega have co-authored and co-illustrated four books, including Pleasure Pavilions & Follies: In the Gardens of the Ancient Régime (Flammarion, 1995) and Palaces of the Sun King: Versailles, Trianon, Marly (Rizzoli, 2002). The artists’ work is regularly featured in numerous periodicals, as well as major architectural journals.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Reprint edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830466
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. V. Hudson on May 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you're into Chinoserie at all, this is a beautiful addition to your design library- that is, if you can refrain from cutting up the book to hang the pages on the wall. I couldn't, and now I have a beautiful graphic collection of framed panels from this book over my living room sofa. I'm buying a second copy of the book just so I can keep one to read. The text accompanying each structure is great reading- I especially loved seeing Marie Anoinette's merry-go-round from Versailles.
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Chinoiseries This book is full of so many architectual chinoiseries that I never knew existed. One wants to remove the print pages from the book for framing. I stayed transfixed on the illustrations of each page and it is as if I were transplanted into a chic fantasy world. The style and the colors are awesome. I found it difficult to read about each particular structure as my eyes kept being diverted to the illustrations. I had some reservations about ordering this book as I did not need another coffee table book; however, the quality that is found among the pages makes this a must-see for the artist in all of us.
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This is one of the definative books on Chinoiseries, when it came out it was cost prohibative to purchase, but this reprint is much more moderatly priced. Really, the book is beautiful and the knowledge of the two authors on this subject is unparalled. For me, Chinoiseries really is an aquired taste, it is gorgeous on many levels, but very distinct. It's like you either love it or hate it, there seems to be no middle ground on this style. If you have any interest in this style or just appreciate beautiful books then i cant imagine you not loving this book; really the last word on Chinoiseries.
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This remains the essential guidebook to Chinoiserie. I only wish that there were more photos of how Chinoiserie is being used today in fresh, new and inventive ways. But the historical images and text are superb.
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