C. Maxime , French, active 1750-1775
after Jean-Baptiste Pillement (French, 1728-1808) Fantasy Flowers, ca. 1778
Purchase: SOTA Print Fund, 2003. (2003.17.2)
More than a century before the West “discovered” katagami, East Asian imports inspired a style called chinoiserie. Chinoiserie designs were based mostly on Europeans’ imagining of China as a beautiful, exotic place, rather than actual Chinese art. This design draws on these fantasies with its variety of bizarre blossoms, which all grow on the same plant.
Printmakers like “Mlle. C. Maxime,” who etched this print after the designs of Jean-Baptiste Pillement, helped disseminate chinoiserie designs across Europe for use in textiles, wallpaper, and silver.
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