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“Painted paper of Pekin”: the taste for eighteenth-century Chinese papers in Britain, c.1918-c.1945

Taylor, Clare (2014). “Painted paper of Pekin”: the taste for eighteenth-century Chinese papers in Britain, c.1918-c.1945. In: Huang, Michelle Ying-ling ed. The Reception of Chinese Art across Cultures. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 44–64.

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The chapter documents an aspect of early twentieth century interior design that has been neglected by serious academic study, which has often focused on chinoiserie as an aspect of modernism. Rather, it explores the link between European attitudes to Chinese papers in the eighteenth century and that developed in the 1920s and 1930s, arguing for the important role individuals, commercial firms and museums played in both supplying and fuelling demand. These include a number of little known , but, I argue, significant figures in the revival of interest in papers, including the interior decorators Roland Fleming and Walter Thornton Smith. Schemes, including a room installed at the V&A and work for her own home by Nancy Lancaster, are examined to illuminate both the reasons for eighteenth-century Chinese papers' appeal and the ways in which their associations with luxury, effeminacy and the exotic were interpreted during this period.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2014 by Michelle Ying-ling Huang and contributors
ISBN: 1-4438-5909-5, 978-1-4438-5909-7
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 35149
Depositing User: Clare Taylor
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2012 09:47
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:22
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