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Accessories with an International Allure
Chinoiserie, with its Asian imagery of intricate pagodas and monkeys-in-costume, first rose to prominence in the late 19th century, and Griffith says there's been an interest on-and-off since then—"its popularity has never really waned." Wooden trinket boxes, china cabinets and mirrors are some of the most common chinoiserie items, as are lamps, especially in blue and white, which can fetch between $90 and $350. (Some of the most prized chinoiserie items aren't actually from China or Japan, Griffith says; pieces made in England or the U.S. can be even more valuable.)