Bellows, France, ca. 1770. The decoration suggests that the bellows formed part of the fittings of a fashionable 'Chinese'-style interior. The scene, depicting two men in loose robes and long moustaches holding a parasol and a cymbal, probably derives from prints imported from China. Artists selected elements from a variety of design sources resulting in 'chinoiserie', a hybrid style influenced by, but not reproducing, works of art from East Asia.