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The term Chinoiserie comes to us from the French & signifies a "Chinese-esque" style. It emerged alongside Rococo in the 17th century. The European decorative look was popular due to it's exotic feel during a time when travel to the far east was rare & difficult. This made it's use a status symbol for the wealthy. It's characterized by whimsical & detail imagery and the use of porcelain & lacquer to imitate traditional Chinese & Japanese designs. - apartment therapy