Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, and in the spirit of things I’ve compiled a gallery of Ralph Lauren Home images that all have one thing in common: blue and white porcelain with mostly Chinese motifs, whether vases, flower pots or ginger jars.
The popularity of blue and white china in the West goes back to at least the 19th century when chinoiserie and japonisme became fashionable decor trends. Jars and vases lend a sense of tradition and elegance to one’s abode and can be had inexpensively at your local Chinatown, or, if your city doesn’t have one, any home goods or discount store.
As you can see, they also easily complement masculine decor (some of the images are from the collection called Modern Duke, one of the more flamboyant of RL’s home collections), and only tip into the feminine in the final image, which is offered here as an example of what not to do. I’ve had plenty of these in the past, though alas not currently. Gung hay fat choy.
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