Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Chinoiserie Search Terms

If you are interested in searching on eBay or Craigslist for Chinoiserie items, here is a little Chinoiserie primer on search terms you might use. Have fun and enjoy the hunt!
  1. Hollywood Regency
  2. Blanc de Chine
  3. Ming
  4. Oriental
  5. Asian
  6. Bamboo
  7. Faux Bamboo
  8. Foo Dog or Fu Dog
  9. Chinese Chippendale
  10. Tony Duquette
  11. Billy Haines
  12. Pagoda
  13. Garden Stool
  14. Temple Jars
  15. Ginger Jars
  16. Blue and White Porcelain/China
  17. Lacquer
  18. Mandarin
  19. Singerie
  20. Fretwork
  21. Elephant
  22. Monkey
  23. Celadon
  24. Rose Medallion
  25. Imari
  26. Dragon
  27. Chinoiserie


  1. The best tip i ever got for ebay is to spell things slightly wrong, like wedgEwood, or celEdon. Sometimes people type things in wrong or don't know enough to spell it right, so you can really score a good deal.

  2. Great search terms and PD is absolutely right -- misspellings often result in overlooked items and often signal an ignorant seller.

  3. Meg-You are so right. This is a great tip.

  4. Averill-A good example of ignorance is bliss.

  5. Bless you!!!! I am just chomping at the bit to start redecorating (moving soon). Just picked out my main plan yesterday - and of course there's loads of chinoiserie! This will be SUCH a help. Thanks!

  6. how nice of you to share!! love the picture you posted too.

  7. SF-How fun to have a new place to decorate. I had so much fun when Kate moved into her first apartment 2 years ago! I need a new place to do!

  8. Allsion-The photo is a great example of finding things you love and putting them together in a fresh, unique way.

  9. Thank you so much for this great list.I am going to file it right away.

  10. Great list! What a good idea because I never would have thought to search for half of those things.

  11. Abby-You have to think outside the box a little because unsophisticated sellers don't know the correct words to use.