08 July 2011

Founding Father's Chinoiserie

Gunston Hall is an 18th-century Georgian mansion near the Potomac river in Virginia. It is the home of founding father George Mason.

It's Chinese room offers a unique look at 18 th century fashion and taste that is a close cousin of current Chinoiserie fashion.

The Federal style dentil molding is coupled with Chinese-esque motifs.

Note the pagoda shapes around the room.

It is particularly interesting to me that we were taught through films and other history lessons to think of colonial American decoration in terms of staid, conservative colors when in fact very vibrant colors were the norm.
Lack of differentiation between paints on the walls and molding and the absence of softs, i.e. curtains and carpet, are the most noticeable details that set it apart from contemporary rooms.
The lemony yellow color works nicely with the blue and white china.
I'd kill to have a dining room like this, wouldn't you?

1 comment:

  1. YES ! WOuldn't it be fabulous to gave a dinner party in a dining room like that! It's a little more elaborate that mine. haha!
    Have a PRETTY day!