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TEXAS DESIGN WEEK HOUSTON C alling lovers of all things chinoiserie: A delectable art history lesson awaits. The utterly charming Aldous Bertram's much- Instagrammed book Dragons & Pagodas: A Celebration of Chinoiserie (The Vendome Press) is filled with his study of pagodas, follies, summer palaces, ornate plasterwork, and painted wallpapers, and illustrated with ravishing watercolors from Bertram's own hand. With a doctorate from Trinity at Cambridge University on the historical influence of China on English garden design and architecture, Bertram — who grew up in England visiting country estates — began his artistic life building miniature houses for Harrods in London, and painting murals in Palm Beach in the employ of designer Amanda Lindroth. Bertram delivers an illustrated talk followed by a book signing at Texas Design Week Houston. For information, the full Texas Design Week Houston schedule, and link to purchase tickets, go to Lisa Collins Shaddock DOCTOR CHINOISERIE ART HISTORIAN, ARTIST, AND DESIGNER ALDOUS BERTRAM SHARES A LOVE FOR PAGODAS, FOLLIES, AND DRAGONS. The Chinese House on the grounds of the Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, dreamed up by Frederick the Great in 1754 FROM DRAGONS & PAGODAS: A CELEBRATION OF CHINOISERIE; PHOTOGRAPHY FRITZ VON DER SCHULENBURG/THE INTERIOR ARCHIVE

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