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A Taste for the Exotic

Orientalist Interiors

Emmanuelle Gaillard, Marc Walter

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A sumptuously illustrated exploration of the enduring allure of the Orientalist style


This beautifully produced book explores the charm of Orientalist decor, and introduces the princes and aristocrats, artists and poets who commissioned these opulent eighteenth and nineteenth century interiors.

Architects and decorative artists of the time were constantly seeking new sources of inspiration to satisfy the demands of their rich patrons. While some revisited the canons of the classical world, others began to turn their eyes towards the East, and the 'Oriental' became a byword for spectacle and sensuality. The result was a wave of creative expression that encompassed everything from the smallest objets d’art to entire buildings.

Packed with images of beautiful decorative objects, extravagant interiors, sumptuous fabrics and ornate furniture, this book will transport the reader to another time and place.

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'The antithesis of minimalism … fabulously ornate Oriental vases, wallpaper, furniture, ceramics and architecture are all beautifully reproduced and their influence explained. A gorgeous visual feast.'
The Times

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 32.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 223

Publication date: 26 September 2011

ISBN: 9780500515976

About the Author

Emmanuelle Gaillard is an art historian and editor who has worked on many books about art and architecture.

Marc Walter is a graphic designer and photographer. His books include Empire Style: Authentic Decor, The Great Family Houses of Europe and The World in 1900: A Colour Portrait, all published by Thames & Hudson.