This is a good quality Art Deco 'Chinoiserie' painted timber fireplace. The stepped frieze and jambs are adorned with finely painted Chinese landscapes including indigenous figures, buildings and flora. Off white/cream background with gold trim.
Chinoiserie is a 17th/18th Century Western style of interior design, furniture, pottery, textiles & garden design that represents fanciful European interpretations of Chinese styles.
As a style, chinoiserie is related to the Rococo style. Both styles are characterized by exuberant decoration, asymmetry, a focus on materials, and stylized nature and subject matter that focuses on leisure and pleasure.
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