cloth, 162 pp., $60.00
Architectural historians and artists Bernd Dams and Andrew Zega have produced 42 elegant watercolor drawings to illustrate and accompany the descriptive text on the fabulous garden structures of a whimsical motif popular during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Called by a French name, Chinoiserie, the style was a creation of Europeans who were intrigued by the stories of adventurers to China. Few examples of this fashion remain today, so it is a treat for readers to visualize these reproductions of past designs, some actual structures and others, only fanciful visions. The authors trace the history of the "Chinoiserie craze," reporting on its enduring popularity as late at the nineteenth century in America. This is a truly handsome volume with its front embossed cover, colorful endpapers, and elegant artwork.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden