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Potsdam, Berlin Germany... Chinese Tea House One of the most photographed places in Park Sanssouci is the Chinese Tea House. The circular pavilion was constructed between 1755 and 1764, when Chinese art was very popular. Frederick the Great had it built as a decorative piece, but the Chinese Tea House was also used for social events. The building has a central hall with three study rooms and is now used to display a collection of Chinese Porcelain.

Cartel, or Wall Clock, ca. 1735–40 Movement by Étienne I Le Noir (French, 1675–1739) Case: soft-paste porcelain with gilt-bronze fittings; Dial: white enamel with blue numerals; Movement: brass and steel

Too dark and Victorian for my house, but I love this - especially the casual way in which the curio is hung on the hand-painted silk wallpaper... at Houghton Hall, Norfolk.

groundcovers: Artwork and oddities find a home on an antique Chinese pedestal table. A statue of a head from Thailand lends a dose of zen to the living room.

Quince branches and Asian-inspired vases flank an antique Chinese console from the White Lotus Collection in Melissa Ziober and Noe Guerra’s peaceful powder room. To maintain the historical home’s integrity, the NXG Studio design team first restored the walls, moldings, and floor. “The space is traditional while still feeling modern and fresh,”