Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More of China in DC

Downtown isn't the only place in DC with a touch of Chinese Architecture (remember THIS post?)The Chinese Pavilion at the National Arboretum contains a beautiful collection of bonsai, some dating from the early 17th century and donated by the Japanese royal family. These tiny specimens weren't the only objects of my delight though, but rather the structure they were contained within. I love the underside of the entry pavilion's red painted undercarriage. Check out this gorgeous detail.
The adjacent wall isn't too shabby either! These undulating walls remind me of the garden walls at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest (see my post linked here to compare, photo towards the end).Surprises are around every corner throughout the garden. My favorite though was probably the most subtle; the detailing of the aluminum guardrail below.
So what is the obsession DC has with China? It's well founded for sure!


Emile de Bruijn said...

A modern take on the chinoiserie fretwork theme - excellent.

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

I love this post and your blog. Your viewpoints and the details you spot ; Love it all and yes, the handrail is fabulous. Merci.

Jo-an Jenkins said...

I am a devoted fan across the pond and love all the beautiful buildings your eye spots. You might enjoy the photos on the blog - all interior items rather than exterior.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Have you seen a similar Chinese garden/pavilion in Brooklyn? Amazing thing. Also the Brooke Astor Chinese installation at the Met is heaven.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

My mistake: The Chinese garden and pavilion situation I mentioned being in Brooklyn? It's on Staten Island.

Karena said...

You have found some treasures Stefan. Thank you for sharing.

Art by Karena

24 Corners said...

How long has this been here? It's wonderful! Another amazing place to visit when in DC.
The Huntington Library now has a beautiful Chinese Garden...Katiedid posted about it recently. Looking forward to visiting that one soon. where you take us!

Anonymous said...

Great posts re bonsai and Chinese detail!
Could I please borrow the photo of the shadow of the guardrail for a blog I want to do on shadows?
Please email me on: and let me know if this is ok?
Robert Webber
The Hegarty Webber Partnership