Theodore Alexander: Painted Finishes - Chinoiserie

Theodore Alexander creates stunning painted finishes, reproducing techniques used from Antiquity to the present day. The image above illustrates the age-old skill of Chinoiserie, a form of decoration that grew from Western interpretations of Chinese art in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Theodore Alexander’s craftspeople carefully paint thin layers of detail, until a complicated and unique design is realized. The end result is a raised and tactile painted surface. The intermingling of gold paint with red and brown tones against a black or dark brown creates a tonal and subtle finish.

The effect is stronger than that of traditional, 18th and 19th Century 'English' painted furniture, which tends to have flat painting on a veneered surface. Historically,

Chinoiserie as a style is a mixture of the beautiful and the striking. Visit any one of our spacious, well stocked showrooms to see more Theodore Alexander furniture.