Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Chinoserie in the Dining Room

We have a lot of Asian pieces at Linderhof and on our trip to Minnesota we were excited to find this fireplace screen at a consignment shop. I consider this a chinoserie piece -- Chinoserie is French for "Chinese-esque" and this screen certainly fits that description.
It has some age on it but not sure how much -- could be something fairly new, something from mid century or something fairly old.
The frame is made of iron and the paint's a bit scruffed -- but that doesn't really give any clue to age -- for a scruffy piece wouldn't necessarily mean that it was old.
It fits perfectly in front of the dining room fireplace. Although we have Asian in almost every room, the dining room certainly has the most.

The best part of the firescreen was that it was marked $100 but it also had a 25% off tag -- it's not a bad buy for $75! (And, actually, I don't think it is a bad buy for $100 -- but with the $25 saved, I was able to buy some "toys" at Williams Sonoma)


Blondie's Journal said...

This is a beautiful work of art, Martha!! I wonder if there is any way to learn more about this through Google...I also recommend Cass at That Old House~she really knows her stuff!! In any case, it's nice to see that you have added to your Asian collection and, oh my!! A fireplace in the dining room!! Heaven!!


Southerncook said...

Beautiful "find" Martha. It looks fabulous in front of your fireplace.


Peg said...

You got a great deal on your firescreen and it looks beautiful in your home. I love the drinks in your previous post too. What a great idea and there are lots of possibilities as spin-offs.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

The fire screen is absolutely stunning. What a wonderful find. It looks so pretty. Hugs, Marty

Carrie said...

The screen is fabulous and I;m sure it coordinates well with your dining room decor.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a great find! I'm not a collector but I appreciate the the hunt ;)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh, it is lovely! So unique. What a perfect find for your fireplace. laurie

Marigene said...

What a perfect chinoiserie piece for that fireplace!

niartist said...

Oh Martha, it's just perfect for Linderhof! PERFECT! I love it, and $75?!?!? You stole it! LOL! Gorgeous.