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How Chinese Element in Design impact Art Deco Period?








The business expansion brought about by the rise of the Dutch and East India companies in the 17th century led Europeans to become obsessed with the treasures of the Far East. During that time, large number of goods from the East flowed into the European market. Enchanting patterns of Chinese silk, ceramics and lacquer wares have sparked huge demand for these foreign goods in Europe, where the obsession with Oriental culture has been going on for more than two centuries. At the end of the 19th century, European craftsmen added Oriental elements to their creations, especially in combination with traditional Chinese patterns and materials in jewelry design. Although Chinese elements have continued to affect the development of jewelry design in the 20th century, the Art Deco period in the 1920s was the richest decade for Chinese design. During the period of rapid economic and cultural development at that time, the Western exploration of exotic cultures in the Far East and the use of Chinese culture in jewelry were unprecedented, leaving behind valuable culture, art, and the inheritance of the times.