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Chinoiserie interiors

George’s fantastical chinoiserie interiors are most often associated with Brighton Pavilion, but he first experimented with the style at Carlton House. Two engravings from the 1790s show a room on the basement floor, decorated with furniture, vases and lighting created in Europe and playfully adorned with ‘oriental’ motifs. Objects of genuine Chinese porcelain, many with European gilt-bronze mounts, were also displayed in this space, including decorative pagodas and a set of three Chinese vases displaying dragons that were a gift from George’s daughter, Princess Charlotte.