Show Dates
October 27 - October 30
Honorary Chair
Chef Tyler Florence
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"Mandarin Only is the Man of Taste":

Chinoiserie in Britain, 1650–1820

Friday, October 29
2:30 p.m.

David Beevers

Keeper of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Chinoiserie in Britain was at its height in the late 17th and mid-18th centuries, with a magnificent flourish in the early 19th century as exemplified by the dazzling interiors of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Bringing to life the fantastical decorative schemes created there for King George IV, Beevers, curator of the exhibition Chinese Whispers: Chinoiserie in Britain 1650-1930 (co-author of the accompanying catalogue, 2008), will trace the enthusiasm for this hybrid aesthetic as expressed in English furnishings and interiors.

In collaboration with The Royal Oak Foundation and Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. Book-signing to follow.

Carved Wooden Chinoiserie-Style Alcove, by Luke Lightfoot, Chinese Room at Claydon, Buckinghamshire, circa 1760s. © Country Life.