Chinoiserie ~ A Visual Art

Chinoiserie ~ A Visual Art

In visual art, the term Chinoiserie is from “chinois”, the French word for Chinese. The artistic style was a fanciful European interpretation of art and designs seen in countries all over East Asia, including China, Korea and Japan.   The beginnings arose in the 13th century when trade routes opened between Europe and China. Marco Polo (1254-1324) was the… Continue Reading

Exploring Derbyshire

Exploring Derbyshire

“Ten thousand a year and he owns half of Derbyshire!”  So said Charlotte Lucas to Elizabeth Bennet in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. To be fair, this statement is not in the original novel by Jane Austen, nor do the descriptions of Pemberley give any details of the estates acreage. No question the… Continue Reading

British Titles of Nobility

British Titles of Nobility

Titles of nobility are one of those areas Americans have particular trouble wrapping our minds around. It doesn’t help that the rules and application of British titles are extremely complex, and have changed in multiple ways over the centuries. In some respects, reading the various titles or hearing them uttered in a movie is akin to hearing a word or phrase in… Continue Reading

Merry Christmas 2016!

Merry Christmas 2016!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and The Government shall be upon His Shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty GOD, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His Government and peace there shall be no end, upon the Throne… Continue Reading