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Chinoiserie was a term coined in late 19th century France to indicate “a notion of China”.  Since the early 20th century, art historians have used it to describe a European fantasy vision of China. 

For transferware collectors, Chinoiserie means patterns with Chinese influence.  Patterns in this category are organized in two groups:  The first includes designs based on original imported Chinese painted porcelain.  The second contains examples of newly developed patterns influenced by Chinese designs.  These Chinoiserie designs were among the earliest blue transfer-printed patterns produced by Spode, some of which, like the ever-popular Standard Willow Pattern, are still in production today.  


Based on Chinese Originals
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Chinese Influenced Designs
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