The Architecture of Joy
Monday, 24. June 2013

These 18th-century Chinoiserie pagodas are so joyful and fanciful, I can't help but smile when I look at them. The desire to create pure fantasy in a garden, to be used only for enjoyment with servants to attend is the height of luxury. Europe, particularly France, was intrigued by China and thanks to Louis XIV, brightly-painted pagodas and pavilions began to emerge in gardens across the country. Marie-Antoinette was partial to a folly and her creations would ingeniously mix French styles with Chinoiserie, creating a picturesque tour de force. I love their absurd refinement! 

 

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The Architecture of Joy