Friday, May 6, 2016

Cheongsam & Chinoiserie!

Me, appear on a radio program????  Radio and TV appearances have not intrigued me in the past, but I did appear recently on “Value This” National Public Radio show on Marcy 20, 2016.  The appraisers  who host the show (Briand and Leon) are friends of mine, and after they invited me to speak,  I thought I would give it a try.  As a guest appraiser on the show for Asian items, I had the opportunity to talk about traditional Chinese clothing, as one of their listener’s had a Cheongsam.  There is no one kind of traditional Chinese garment but the Cheongsam was the formal dress for Chinese men before Western-style suits became common in China.  During the radio show, we talked about them and their values.

Plus, we talked about Chinoiserie!   Many people think that this word for the Asian style of decorative motifs originated in China, but that is not the case.   The word is a derivative of a French word for “Chinese” and is used to reference European and American imitations of Chinese and East Asian artistic designs and motifs.  If you want to correctly pronounce it, the pronunciation is ˌ”SHēnˌwäz(ə)ˈrē”.

So, if you are interested in either of these two subjects, you might want to listen to the podcast of “Value This”!  I must admit that Briand and Leon made my time on the show fun!  They have fun with antiques and collectibles and you may be surprised at what you will learn!  Here is the link to the podcast: 

Vicky Nash Shaw, ISA CAPP Certified Antique and Art Appraiser 919 475-6930

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