Chinoiseries

Chinoiseries
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Bernd H. Dams & Andrew Zega. Foreword by Hubert de Givenchy.

New York. Rizzoli. 2008. Originally published as a limited-edition collector's volume by Connaissance et Memoires in 2005. Cloth-bound hardback with a pagoda design blind-stamped to front board, dust jacket. 163 pages. 42 full-page colour reproductions of Dams & Zega's watercolours. 295 x 240mm (11 x 9"). 1.2kg. 9780847830466. English. Near fine; slight shelf wear to dust jacket and bottom edge, free of inscriptions or tears.

Bernd H. Dams & Andrew Zega are known for their vibrant watercolour depictions of historical buildings and structures. This scarce volume brings together their work based on the whimsical and luxurious follies built in the Chinoiserie style of the eighteenth century. The majority of the designs featured were destroyed or remained un-built so that Dams & Zega's images are based upon original archive sources which are brought to life by their colourful and vibrant watercolours. The designs include 'Porcelain Trianon at Versailles', 'Chinese Rain Shelter for Trianon Versailles', 'Tartar Tent at Parc Monceau', 'Chinese Gate House at Desert de Retz', 'Philosopher's Pavilion at Bagatelle' and many more. The text provides a succinct architectural history of follies built in the Chinoiserie style.