Bernd H. Dams; Andrew Zega Chinoiseries

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Chinoiseries

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Trained as both architects and historians, Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams are skilled artists known for their expert restitutions of historic buildings, rendered in a realistic watercolor technique that has become their trademark. Originally published as a limited-edition collector’s item that sold for $1,100, this affordable reprinted edition presents fifty charming images, the results of more than a decade of study of historic European and American architecture and garden ornament. Thirty-six of the works presented here delve into the past, reconstructing exceptional historical structures from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century with a predominately French style. The remaining are the authors’ original designs, beautifully detailed works inspired by these exotic and whimsical structures. Hubert de Givenchy, in his preface to Chinoiseries, describes these images as "precious documents [that] retrace an époque when taste, extravagance, and a sense of fantasy were an essential part of the way in which parks and gardens were embellished, by perfectly inscribing them in nature, then furnishing them with dreams."

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Bernd H. Dams and Andrew Zega have co-authored and co-illustrated four books, including Pleasure Pavilions & Follies: In the Gardens of the Ancient Régime (Flammarion, 1995) and Palaces of the Sun King: Versailles, Trianon, Marly (Rizzoli, 2002). The artists’ work is regularly featured in numerous periodicals, as well as major architectural journals.

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"This is a truly handsome volume with its front embossed cover, colorful end papers, and elegant artwork." ~Chicago Botanic Garden

"Like pinned butterflies, each finely rendered specimen floasts vulnerably on the page, completely decontextualized." ~I.D.

"This spring, if you are dreaming of building a summerhouse in the country, here is the perfect book to inspire you to get out the tape measure and drafting paper." ~The New York Observer

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