Where Cultures Meet…
I could happily spend hours gazing at pictures of chinoiserie wallpapers and fabrics. Somehow when the arts of two distant and very distinct cultures come together, the results are both balanced and mesmerising. I find the same harmony and beauty in the arts produced during the Raj for a British (and sometimes Indian) clientele, where upon intricate Indian designs have been used in a rococco or Victorian setting.
The following images are examples of furniture and fabric manufactured in India most probably for the British residing there. This selection comes from the Victoria and Albert museum in London (well worth a visit for anyone passing through the city).
Cabinet and Stand, c.1765, Vishakhapatnam
Ivory Chair, c.1785
Textile, c.1720, South-East India