Saturday, March 18, 2017
As the trends in decorative vintage continue to evolve--sometimes a dealer needs to stick the toe into uncharted territory--for us--that is mid century Asian goods.
I don't pretend to know much about Asian anything--except some mighty fine food made by some good local restaurants. But auctions these days--at least those around the Chicago area--are seeing more and more Asian influenced decorative items offered for sale.
We have sold several silk and wooden room screens, a fabulous pair of 1950s foo dogs (lions really--those that protected palaces and the inhabitants) and some paintings with oriental figures and birds. We even sold a pair of Chinese cabinet doors in a glorious shade of cinnabar. I find Asian art calming and attractive--and the look really blends with any other style you might have--certainly mid century and victorian. Try blending an asian print with art deco or art nouveau--it is a really striking look.
Be bold! Give it a try. Good design does not have to come from only the 1800s. A great Asian piece of more recent vintage can really blend with any era--and that is not a lot of hooey.
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