The term chinoiserie, which comes from the French word chinois, or “Chinese,” denotes that chinoiserie did not, in fact, come directly from Asia but is instead a European interpretation of Asian culture and decorative arts. The style originated in the 17th century, in tandem with Europe’s flourishing trade with China and other countries of East Asia and remained popular well into the 19th century.
While an integral part of East Asian architecture, pagodas actually originated as sacred sites in India. The spread of Buddhism brought them to China, where they were assimilated into the regional style.
This adorable little piece of Chinoiserie is a charm featuring a sphere of flecked blue art glass, which mimics a lapis lazuli cabochon, capped with a darling 18 karat, finely crafted golden pagoda roof decorated with expert chased work. It's almost like a little world all unto itself! It looks great on a bracelet, as a pendant, and of course, layered with other trinkets to create a fun and fabulous "neck mess!"
Dimensions: 30mm x 20mm; glass stone is 11.5mm
Weight: 4.3 grams
Materials: Gold, blue art glass
Metal: 18K gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition