03 November 2010

NEW GIVEAWAY–HARRISON HOWARD CHINOISERIE PRINT!!!!!

 

Chinoiserie.   OK.   Don’t laugh.  Every time I try to say the word OUTLOUD on the Skirted Roundtable, Megan cracks up laughing.  Shin-wah-zer-eh.  I think.

Definition of CHINOISERIE

a style in art (as in decoration) reflecting Chinese qualities or motifs; also : an object or decoration in this style

Origin of CHINOISERIE

French, from chinois Chinese, from Chine China

First Known Use: 1883

 

The origin of Chinoiserie dates back to the 1600-1700s when imports from China and Japan were extremely popular (not much has changed in the world.)   At that time, owners of fancy houses sought out oriental lacquer, silk and porcelains brought back on ships from the mysterious Far East.     This much beloved art form, most associated with Louis XV,  peaked during the fanciful Rococo period: 1740 – 1770.    One of the earliest and most famous painters in this style was Jean-Baptiste Pillement, whose engravings still inspire today.   Scalamandre’s famous Pillement toile inspired by the artist is one example of his longevity.   Interest in Pillement’s drawings helped to sweep Chinoiserie through the upper classes.   Upscale mansions and castles had entire rooms dedicated to Chinoiserie design.  Whimsical Chinoiserie follies and pagodas were built in gardens throughout Europe and Russia.   Chinoiserie eventually lost popularity when Neoclassicism came into favor in response to Rococo’s frilly, feminine romanticism.

 

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A rare and beautiful example of Chinoiserie:   This red lacquered chest from Paris, dates to 1740.  Gorgeous.

 

 

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This beautiful corner cabinet is a period piece.  I love these when  used in a kitchen or powder room.  Babs Watkins once used these in the upper corners of a kitchen in Houston.  It was stunning.

 

 

 

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A screen from the Chinoiserie period. 1st Dibs. 

 

 

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An museum owed original tapestry by Jean-Baptiste Pillement.   Beautiful!!!!!

 

 

 

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One of the more famous examples of a Chinoiserie interior is the Chinese Bedroom at Badminton House, Gloucestershire. The bedroom was completed in 1794, but in 1921, it was dismantled and sold off in pieces at Christie’s.    Another bed was built in the 1920s to replace the original, sold one.    Today the Victoria and Albert museum has recreated the famous bedroom.

 

 

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The original Badminton Chinese bedroom mirror – bought by Doris Duke in 1965 and sold at Christie’s after her passing.   The mirror used in the Victoria and Albert museum is not this one – but similar. 

 

 

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Interior designer Michael Smith recreated his own version of the Badminton bedroom with this pagoda styled bed. 

 

 

 

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Another lavish example of Chinoiserie interior design is the Royal Pavilion at Brighton Palace, built for King George IV while he was still the Prince Regent.  While the exterior of the whimsical and exotic castle is Indian inspired, the main rooms inside are pure Chinoiserie.   Here the Banqueting Hall is shown in a painting.   Notice the large Chinoiserie figures painted along the walls. 

 

 

 

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On the more famous of the Chinoiserie follies is the Great Pagoda located in Kew Gardens.  Built in 1762, there are 10 stories in the structure, each with its own Chinese styled roof.   The structure was reopened to the public in 2006. 

 

 

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Built for Frederick II, the Potsdam Chinese Tea House is on the more important examples of Chinoiserie.  Notice the charming figure on the rooftop.

 

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A look at the gorgeous paintings in the rotunda of the Potsdam Chinese House. 

 

 

 

 

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Many of the original follies are no longer standing.   Some were designed, but never built.   In the 1990s, Michael and Dodo Cunningham-Reid bought 500 acres as a game sanctuary on the shores of Lake Naivasha, Kenya and built this nine story pagoda.  Originally, they lived there, but it now available to rent on holiday.   Amazing!

 

 

 

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Today, Chinoiserie still influences interior design.   Alessandra Branca uses touches of it in many of her designs.  Here, in her NYC pied-a-terre, a large lacquered screen adds an element of Chinoiserie.    The low coffee table is also Oriental. 

 

 

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In the same room, Branca uses a large 19th century Chinese armoire. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here, in another apartment, an 18th century armoire is retrofitted into a bar.   In the caption Branca describes the lacquering technique:  17 layers of lacquer, each a slightly different color, are added, after first being sanded.   What a gorgeous bar!

 

 

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Here, Henrietta Spencer-Churchill uses a screen featuring the art work of Pillement. 

 

 

 

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Here, one of a framed series of works by Jean-Baptiste Pillement.   Pillement is the best known artist of the Chinoiserie period and continues to be the most influential today.   Born in 1728, his work helped to spread the Rococo style throughout Europe.    His early art was mostly romantic landscapes and he quickly caught the eye of royalty such as Maria Theresa, Marie Antoinette, King Pedro III, and the King of Poland, whom he worked for, sometimes painting entire rooms.     He is most famous for his Chinoiserie drawings which  were also used on porcelains and potteries and tapestries.  He was quite prolific, and lived to be one month shy of 80.  

 

 

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An original work of art by Pillement. 

 

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An another. 

 

 

 

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Here is a detailed close up of the previous painting.

 

 

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Pillement is still relevant today – his influence is wide.  Scalamandre’s most popular toile, Pillement, is based on his work.  Here, a bedroom by Alessandra Branca is wallpapered and curtained in Pillement Toile.

 

 

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Interior Designer Phillip Sides also used the beautiful flowing Pillement Toile in this bedroom.

 

 

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Schloss Niederweiden – painted entirely by Pillement!

 

 

 

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Thomas Corrigan used original works by Pillement in this incredible living room at his French estate.

 

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OK OK OK – I KNOW this is a giveaway.   I’m getting to the juicy part now!!!!!

 

 

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One of my favorite prints by Harrison Howard is “The Fisherman.”

 

One artist today highly influenced by Pillement is Harrison Howard.   The son of a famous artist himself, Howard works out of San Diego where he paints the most wonderful, imaginative works of art.   Earlier in his career, he created murals, works of art and screens for the private houses of the rich and famous.  Some of the finest interior designers have hired him to create custom murals along with series of art works.    Today, his focus is more on smaller paintings, although he still takes on commissions.   I first saw Howard’s work on The Peak of Chic blog HERE and being that we are both the same age and both have only children of the same age,  Harrison and I  became prolific email friends.   Throughout countless discussions on design, child rearing and college choices, I had my eye on his wonderful art.  It took me a while to decide exactly which one I wanted, but I finally picked out four of his famous Chinoserie prints.   His art work entices.   At first glance, it appears to be serious work until you look closely at the details and realize how whimsical they  are:   an Oriental beekeeper – working underwater amid all the corals AND blue and white porcelains, his basket filled with shells but no fish!    Howard states that Pillement is an important influence in his work and that is easily seen, though Howard’s work seems more suited for today.   His technique and ability is formidable.   His imagination and talent fills up the canvas – leaving one wondering how does he conjure up these images????  Where do these ideas come from?   They are so fanciful, so innovative – so charming.   I gush.  

Harrison Howard has a wonderful web site, set up for easy perusal of his many works of art.   This week Howard is offering a 25% discount on all his limited prints.   AND, Cote de Texas readers have the chance to win a print of their choice!!!! 

 

 

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Another personal favorite – “The Astronomer”

 

 

 

 THE GIVEAWAY – DETAILS:

To enter this giveaway – all you have to do is go to www.harrisonhoward.com and pick out a print you like best.  Come back to the comment section and let me know what you  picked!  I will choose a winner this Friday at 11:59 p.m. – so hurry up!!!!   

 

 

 

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OMG!!!!   I could just die over how much I love this!!!!!  Notice the prints under the pens!    The characters walking out of the book – coming to life!!!  Whoa!  How does he think up these scenes??!!!

MY BEDROOM WITH MY OWN FOUR HARRISON HOWARD PRINTS:

 

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My bedroom – facing the bed is an armoire where I wanted to hang the Howard prints.

 

 

 

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On the opposite wall- besides the armoire, are the four prints, two on each side.  It’s impossible to get a picture of all four together!

 

 

 

 

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Looking at the other side.

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REMEMBER:   To enter the giveaway for the Harrison Howard print, go to the website www.Harrisonhoward.com and pick out your favorite print.  Come back here and tell me which one you want in the comment section.   You have until midnight Friday – so hurry!!!!  AND remember also – that all prints are now on sale at 25% off.

 

And, Harrison – a huge thank you for your generosity!!!!!!!   Thank you so very very much!!!

207 comments:

  1. Wow, they are all amazing! If I have to pick one it will be G2 from the garden series- it's so serene. Here's hoping I win!

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  2. These are so beautiful. I had so much fun looking with my daughter. I'm crazy for Afternoon Watering (daughter said it was my husband and I) and The Letter Writer.

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  3. Love The Gardener's Dream! Great giveaway, Joni.
    Teresa

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  4. * How lovely! And they look sooo BEAUTIFUL in your bedroom, Joni~~~ (like they were just "MADE" for there!!!).

    Thanks for the interesting write-up/info and pics, too~~~ I found "THE RABBIT HOUSE" to be quite charming myself!

    How generous of HH to do this for your readers~~~ he must be a nice person as WELL as very talented!

    Warmest,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  5. Such a beautiful, whimsical world of fantasy.. when I saw the Yellow sail I actually gasped - these are wonderful! Thank you for bringing them to our attention (and I cannot pronounce chinoirserie properly either, you are not alone!)

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  6. What a nice giveaway!

    Thanks to Harrison and Cote de Texas.

    I've been coveting Bibliophile for a while, so Bibliophile it is. Crossing fingers...and toes. :)

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  7. What an incredible post. I'm still reeling from all the beauty.

    My pick (it was very hard to choose) is C2 "the Two Gardeners".

    Your bedroom is gorgeous. I love the prints with those chairs!

    H.H.

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  8. As my Father always says, "A blind man be happy to see em!" So I would take a anyone....just love his work and he is such a kind person. Thank-you both!
    pve

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  9. I love "The Butterfly Keeper"...but they are all so beautiful I would be happy with any of them!

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  10. I love "Arranging Drapery" not to mention the Shell and Flower People series. I had no idea he did more than chinoiserie...

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  11. Living on the coast I am naturally drawn to the beautiful Rider watercolor (C16). Howard is wonderfully talented and no doubt fun! Thanks for the opportunity. I'm green with envy over your beautiful bedroom and lovely prints!

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  12. This is a near impossible choice! I am a chinoiserie junkee! Your bedroom is divine. Lucky you to be able to have 4 beautiful prints. I would be thrilled with any of them but I do seem to have an affinity for the fishing themed paintings. B16 or the Fisherman. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

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  13. Dear Joni,

    I LOVE Louis XV style ! Thanks for reminding me about the importance of Monsieur Pillement. I adore the prints, I prefer the S2 under "Shells" for some mysterious reason. It just appeals to me. You are such a wonderful designer, blogger and person ! Thanks for sharing ! Dean Farris, Naples, FL

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  14. Thank you for your post and giveaway. All are beautiful and it is hard to choose. Perhaps C-2 and C-11. Tomorrow my favorites will be different :). Thank you and Harrison Howard for the great giveaway.
    Mirra
    p195g@aol.com

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  15. I love the flower ladies. I remember your post about Harrison Howard from a while ago and have loved them ever since.

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  16. Joni, Those chairs in your bedroom, the opaline, the prints above the chairs....BEAUTIFUL!

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  17. Joni! What a wonderful giveaway. Harrison Howard is a fabulous artist, and his artwork is so much fun.

    I am in love with a number of the Chinoiserie prints and paintings, but the one I'm over the moon for is "The Crab Painter". I also love "The Net Mender." And I think the ones with the gazebos are fabulous as are the ones where the men are coming out of the chinoiserie books. They are all so clever and whimsical.

    Many thanks to you and Harrison for giving us a chance to win this great prize!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  18. Eenie, meenie, miney, moe....

    I'll have to go with C11 - Watering Time.

    I've had Harrison Howard bookmarked for a long time. Always hoping for an opportune time to indulge.

    Now I lay me down to sleep/And hope for a Harrison Howard print to keep.

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  19. I can't believe how perfect the timing was on this post...I just posted that I am re-doing my guest room a.k.a. The Beach House and how perfect to add "Three Green Turbans" with the pop of red in with the shells I think that might be the piece that turns this room into a showcase!

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  20. I like Bibliophile.
    Very talented artist - glad you shared this with us.

    Preetham
    portiaally@yahoo.ca

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  21. The astronomer is beautiful! Love the giant flower

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  22. The Maze is my favorite! Wow what talent! thank you for introducing me to a new artist.

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  23. well...these are just so colourul, pretty and worldly, I would have a hard time choosing!! I always get an education here JOni,

    Thanks and Best,
    Michelle

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  24. I love them all!

    Mr Howard is so very talented!

    Although I love all the Chinoiseries, the Flower Head on Black (A17) is my absolute favourite.

    Fingers and toes crossed!

    Jenny

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  25. I love these chinoiserie watercolors by Harrison Howard! It would be so difficult to choose, but I think I would select The Butterfly Keeper. Thank you for your superb blog!
    Amanda Polglase
    rpolglase@comcast.net

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  26. Absolutely love the prints. My favorite is The Astronomer.

    masperle@austin.rr.com

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  27. Love the Dowry but really all his art is amazing. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

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  28. My choice is Flower Head on Black. Just love it and think it would look quite swell on my desk at work.

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  29. I love "The Seahorse". I could see it hanging in a beautiful baby girl's nursery.

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  30. I have loved HH's work since you introduced us years ago!

    My personal favorite is "The Architect"

    Thank you for hosting yet another great giveaway!!!

    xoxo,

    Andrea

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  31. I like the astronomer too!

    marymc50(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  32. So gorgeous!! I'm wanting to bring in a touch of coastal to my home, and these would be perfect!!

    I'm loving S-2 Shells with Black Coral!!

    FAB GIVEAWAY!!!

    jenniferleighoreilly@gmail.com

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  33. Beautiful and well researched as always.

    Could you please stop by my blog. I am organizing an online auction to benefit our beloved Valorie and could use some assistance spreading the word.

    Be blessed.

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  34. I visit his site often and LOVE his work....especially the one with all the underwater sea life.

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  35. All the Harrison Howard prints are magical, but my favourite is C11 Watering Time, I love the way it is depicted on an open book and the detail in the pagoda and butterflies. Oh so whimsical!

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  36. Oh Joni, this post has the most beautiful images, one of my favorite being the Corrigan's room, I kept staring at every details.
    OK... now for the print... I choose "The Poem" and I would really really love to have it over my desk! Fantastic website. Thanks for the opportunity, ciao.

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  37. Oh my ... love "The Bibliophile" the best ... since I am one.

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  38. B16, The Yellow Sail!

    I have always loved your blog from afar, but I'm getting up close and vocal for this one :)

    GREAT post...you really supplied the content for a well rounded round table post!

    XO

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  39. I love s10, I wish I could afford these prints...well I guess I will continue to save my pennies.;)

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  40. Joni, Thank you for the chance to win one of these gorgeous prints. I have admired your 4 from previous posts! C-2 The Two Gardens would be the perfect touch in my master bath just off my pillement toile bedroom! What a generous give-away!
    Your Indiana reader.

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  41. Dear Joni,
    The first time I ever saw the beautiful work of Harrison Howard was in La Jolla. My sister-in-law's in-laws had Harrison paint a mural around the entire dining room. It is heavenly.
    Now I must say that this is quite a generous give-away my dear. Please extend my thanks to Mr. Howard. A fine post too Joni!
    xo Lisa
    Oh.....this gardener loves them all, but especially G1, the Folly!

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  42. Hi Joni, I love the Butterfly Keeper! What a fab post- very informative and a great prize for somebody real lucky!! Thanks!

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  43. I just love C-4 "Arranging Drapery" - it almost looks like they are hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree! And the snail shells that show up in so much of his work - is he telling us to slow down?

    Joni - thanks so much!

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  44. Looks like many of us are on the same page these days from The Saloniste .com to Cote de Texas.
    I you have a sec check out www.concretejungleblogspot.com
    I just did a post on the Grand Singnerie at Chateau Chantilly it is amazing!

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  45. Opps! forgot to mention yours was great fun and anther whole dimension of ideas etc. Thanks Joni

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  46. Wow! I first saw Mr. Howard's work on Chinoiserie Chic and have been coveting Rendevous at Night and Sea of Poppies! What a fabulous giveaway! Thank you!

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  47. I always have liked chinese paintings. And I'd choose the astronomer to hang on my wall.

    In Zürich,CH, there is a chinese garden (open only in summer) which has beautiful old quite small paintings up in the garden buildings. This garden is especially beautiful to visit!

    Thank you for all the pictures and posts you do!

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  48. Looks like a great freebie.
    What do you mean you can't get a pic with all 4 prints. You got your new camera not long ago and you have shown some beautiful shots. Take it from the head of your bed or put it on a tripod and take it with the remote.
    I love your armwah!
    I finally got seagrass-I'll see how my girls like it.

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  49. I love chinoiserie ! I wrote a post about it on my blog a while ago. And I am in awe of Harrison Howard's delicate watercolors. I especially love the whimsy of the architect- C1- in the Chinoiserie category. Thank you for showing us this great artist's work. A delight! Merci.

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  50. I like "Yellow sail" but I also thought the children's prints were magical and "Rabbit Talk" was my favorite of those.

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  51. This IS a very generous give away!!!!
    My favorite would be C10- Stargazer.

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  52. I love C-17: Leisure Time! My bedroom is a deep aqua, and I love how the colors in Harrison's print would pop against my walls! I've been in an art slump for that room and this would be perfect! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  53. OMG Harrison Howard is JUST amazing! I love when I learn something new, even if I am tardy to the party. Great post! In addition to all the wonderful imagery on chinoiserie , I liked the glimpse I got of your blue opaline collection. You told me about it when you commented on my blog post on the Kips Bar DR.
    I know exactly which print I would like. It is c12 the poem. I have been looking for something to hang in my office (it needs a serious injection of style!), and the image of a woman writing is purrfect! So love this artist.
    Btw, I did a recent somewhat related post on pagodas on Oct. 27, 2010. I would add a link but dint know how to with my new I pad. Thanks Jioni,
    All best, Lynn from Decor Arts Now
    PS: I hope the sale lasts till after the contest to give those who are not picked a chance to buy, or, even if you are a the lucky chosen one, to buy another. One does not seem like enough!

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  54. Oops sorry about all the typos in my comment Joni. Guess I am still getting used to my new Ipad. Lynn

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  55. Anna sageabf@mail.comNovember 4, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    Love the first kids print - how imaginative
    Anna sageabf@mail.com

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  56. The Poem, I just love all the detail surrounding her as she writes and I love that blue chair!

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  57. I like 'Almost Home' (C-15), a coral fantasia.

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  58. I love ALL of Harrison's work but if I had to pick just one, it'd be c-17 "Leisure Time" because there's a special place in my home for it right above my shell collection...And as soon as I can afford some, I'm going to be like you, Joni and buy a set of my very own. Love them. Love you.

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  59. What joyful images!! I love Chinoiserie and enjoyed reading (and seeing) the beautiful depictions of the style. I am drawn to the rich reds and vivid blues that is why I like "The Astonomer".

    Thank you for sharing...

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  60. I would pick the astronomer because it describes my husband!

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  61. They are ALL so beautiful!! But I love for my daughter the Rabbit House and for myself any of the seashell prints!! :)

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  62. vlester9600@cox.netNovember 4, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Thank you for introducing me to Harrison Howard! I choose The Writing Desk. I imagine it would be the perfect setting for a blogger (which I am not!) Thank you for your posts. I am always so happy spending time on your incredible site!

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  63. What a great way to start the day!
    I would choose 318-Tea for Two.
    Those flower people are pretty swell too!!

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  64. This is great. I love B14, The Crab Painter. (Hard to choose!)

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  65. Joni, I liked B8, Garden Work. It reminded me of my husband and I working in the yard and I also sell plants once a year from a table in my driveway. Many others were cute also.
    Summer for Swede Collection

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  66. Fabulous post, Joni! So informative and thorough, as always--love, love, love your choice of photos. Harrison Howard's work is delightful--so difficult to choose: Garden Fantasy, Two Gardeners and Stargazer are my favorites!

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  67. I love every single piece of art on his site. What a fabulous giveaway. Harrison Howard is so talented and viewing all his works of art is so enjoyable.

    My favorite, if I absolutely HAVE to choose, is The Fisherman.

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  68. So beautiful! My favorites: C10-Stargazer and C15-Almost Home.

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  69. These are magnificent, almost heartbreakingly so.
    I find it pretty impossible to pull a fave, but despite my obsession with his jaunty crabs, the Gardener is calling me this morning.

    PS, dying over your tranquil bedroom Joni -- glad to see you haven't changed a thing.

    Cheers, Alcira

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  70. I love The Skirted Roundtable -- now I kind of want to hear you say Chinoiserie on the next broadcast. I loved so many of the prints, but narrowed it down to "The Poem," "The Reader" and "Watering Time."

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  71. Wow, they are all great! If I had to choose one, I would love "Arranging Drapery".

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  72. All of them are so beautiful. This is an amazing collection. I have to say Shells is my favorite. Possibly because I live on the Gulf Coast. Thanks Joni, for this wonderful giveaway.

    Judith Amerine

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  73. Just one favorite? really? Wow does Harrisons work draw you in. Thanks SOOO much for the introduction! I Love "Sea of Poppies" "The Greeting""Fireworks""The yellow Sail"...all magical.

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  74. Great post. I would select one of the shell series "S-2".

    Jane

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  75. Just beautiful! I love Chinoiserie! I would love to have "The Yellow Sail" B16 or "Sailing to the Moon" A6.

    Thank you!

    Elizabeth

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  76. All of these paintings are beautiful. This is a wonderful collection. Thanks Joni, for a great giveaway.I have to say i'd pick Shells. Probably because i live on the Gulf coast.

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  77. The Fisherman is my fav, as a lover of all things of the sea, stuck here in land locked AZ!?! Such beauty!!

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  78. They are all breathtaking...but C-1 The Architect is my pick. Such a great post! xx peggybraswelldesign

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  79. Wow! His art is so creative. My favorites are:

    C3- Bibliophile
    C-12 The Poem
    C-13 The Water Server
    C6- The Gardener
    C2- The Two Gardeners

    Love your blog. Every time it arrives in my inbox it's my Julia Cameron artist date.

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  80. I love the Butterfly Keeper! Those prints are fantastic. My grandfather had a love for all things asian-inspired. He would have loved these prints :)

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  81. Wow! It's very hard to choose just one favorite. I love B-5
    The Departure.

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  82. B11 The Coral Gardener
    Is my favorite as if I were to win this print, I would give it to a dear friend whose best friend has terminal cancer. My friend, takes very good care of her and deserves something special for herself. She makes sailor's valentines and would like each shell related print, but, The Coral Gardener looks somewhat like her friend.

    I think they are wonderful and will spend even more time looking at Mr. Howards delightful prints. Your post was most informative.

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  83. Joni, I love those prints in your bedroom!! Gorgeous!! It's sooo difficult to pick a favorite, but I have to choose Bibliophile. LOVE!!!

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  84. PS - I mispronounce things all the time! I grew up in the deep South, so I just tell everyone it's my inner redneck! ;-)

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  85. Such an interesting and educational post. I loved it. Your giveaway is incredible. Everything is just stunning, however either C2 or C11 just reached out to me. Actually they all did. Stunning work. Hugs, Marty

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  86. The Butterfly Keeper!! Love these!

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  87. Love this post! And, I love the whimsy of B17 - The yellow sail. It was hard to choose just one.

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  88. Definitely the Yellow Sail, Although they are all so fun!

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  89. Joni,
    This was such a great post I had to link to it and tell my readers about your giveaway (even tho' it meant I was creating more competition for myself!). Loved the chinoiserie and the historical tie-ins to Harrison's work. And loved learning about him.
    Hope I send you lots of referrals today.:-)
    All best, Lynn
    Here is the link: http://decorartsnow.com/2010/11/04/november-4-2010-news-flash-harrison-howard-giveaway-at-cote-de-texas/

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  90. Joni , oh my gosh, The Shells by the Sea is my pick!! Harrison Howard is phenominal!

    xoxo

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  91. Want "The Gardeners" so much. Just love his work.

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  92. LOVE LOVE LOVE- Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! Garden Fantasy is my pick! Thank you Joni for another well researched and exquisitely written post. Think I need to order one for my mother for Christmas... well let's see how the giveaway turns out first! ;-)!

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  93. I love "Almost Home". What talent!

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  94. The "Dowry" is beautiful. Mr. Howard is an amazing artist.

    Your bedroom is beautiful. I love everything about it and the prints are a lovely addition.

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  95. Hi Joni, What a generous giveaway! My favorite ... C3 Bibliophile - I also loved seeing photos of your bedroom - beautiful! The first time I went in to a showroom and asked about a Chinoiserie desk (pronouncing it Chin-is-swah) ooops! I was corrected very rudely and I was sure the word "fraud" was written all over me!

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  96. Fantastic Joni, I would love to win...and the one I'd pick is the Scripps Park, La Jolla, my son just moved there, and I would give it to him...

    Thanks so much,
    Kathy :)
    jokaj@comcast.net

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  97. How do you pick one?? I'll go with C11, Watering Time because I have to choose! Love his work - Thanks Joni for posting this.

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  98. "SAILING TO THE MOON" is my favorite. What a dreamy idea!

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  99. It is so hard to choose, because all of them are amazingly whimsical and charming, but I adore "The Poem." I'd love to sit at a desk like that and gaze around at beauty all day! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  100. I love the print with the woman sailing on a leaf boat through poppies...so whimsical! I also love the three children prints. I would love to design a nursery around these prints.

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  101. Hi Joni ,

    C 11 would so remind me of my late grandmother . When i would wake up in the mornings at her house , i knew exactly where to find her ,watering her flowers in her beloved rose garden . Fingers crossed-fingers crossed.
    Thanks Joni for you and your most wonderful blogs.

    -Vicki

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  102. What a great giveaway! I love his work. To me its a little Chinoserie meets Alice in Wonderland. So interesting and different. I love The Green Angaria. The writing and background is awesome. I also love The Crab Painter. I'd love to give it to my husband whose favorite food is blue crab. Seriously he'll eat them for 4 hours straight! And Joni - I have the hardest time with the word chinoserie too. I actually sat and practiced it after reading your post. If you go to one of the dictionary sites they have online you can click on "hear it" to actually hear the word! That always helps me if it slips my mind like it always does. haha. Again thanks for the great post and giveaway!

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  103. Pardon the Rachel Zoe-ism, but I have so been having a chinoiserie "moment" lately. (Do you suppose it an emerging trend?) Beautiful post, beautiful products. My favorite series is the one you have in your bedroom. Do I have to pick just one?! Perhaps, either the fisherman or the astronomer. All good, hard to choose! Have a wonderful weekend,

    Suzanne

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  104. First - I'm a HUGE fan of your work, style, and creativity.
    I've always been attracted to Chinoiserie design, and a fan of Mr. Howard's incredible artistic talents & imagination.I think he fell through a bolthole from a magical place to bring to all of us such joy.
    For me - I love the black background works which really make the colors pop off the canvas.
    My favorite: C9 CRAB and it would indeed be a blessing to receive.

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  105. I love B14 "The Butterfly Keeper". Something about it is just freeing.

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  106. I live near the ocean and watch it each day of the year as the sea life, plant life, waves and colors change with the seasons. These are all things seen on top of the water. After looking through the fantasy underwater chinoiserie creations of Harrison Howard, I now know some of what is under the water....so wonderful and magical! Hard to choose, but C 15 is very intriguing to me...Kathleen

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  107. C12 - The Poem. It's wonderful!!

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  108. C12 - The Poem. It's wonderful!!

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  109. SM-4 from the seashells (phew!), but its like trying to choose the best sweet in the sweetshop!!! Agony!

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  110. I love the " C-10 Stargazer" print. I love even though it is a two dimensional print it has a three dimensional feel to it. The latticed fence is overlapping the vignette of the stargazer and yet this vignette is over lapping the smaller vignette, and the moon in the distance.
    The decorative patterning of the robe and tent plus the watercolor texturing of the landscaping gives this piece an air of sophistication. Anyone would love to have this piece in their home, it would grace the walls of any decor. A superb interpretation of decorative chinoiserie.
    My hat goes off to "Mr. Howard."

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  111. Amazing post and unbelievable give-away. Thanks for educating me on the fine arts of Chinoiseries.
    B-17 The Moon Sailor is my favorite one. Feels like a spring's dream on soft silks. Xoxo

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  112. This one! No, that one! Soo hard to decide.....I love the Fisherman & the Astronomer in your room. My own personal favorite is the Butterfly Keeper. It would look so great in my powderoom with Scalamandre Ming Circus right outside in the hallway!

    Thanks for this great post.

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  113. WOW!!! What a giveaway! I like C-1 The Poem.

    Karen T.
    jkg4121@att.net

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  114. They are beautiful! I love Two Gardeners! So excited. I have visited your blog for quite a while but never participated in giveaways nor comments!

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  115. How do I choose??? From the Chinoiseries, I love "The Butterfly Keeper" and "The Astronomer." I can't help but dream of a future nursery with flower lady prints. How whimsical, bright and fun! I love "Sea of Poppies" and "The Flower Lady with Doves"...actually, I love them all!

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  116. dorothyajs@yahoo.comNovember 4, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    So beautiful...I have filed these prints a while ago in my "Favorites"and was delighted to come across them on your blog....I am fascinated with sea shells and colorful vibrant art...so I had to select the print thst had a special meaning to me,personally..
    I chose "Almost Home"

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  117. I love them all! B-13, The Butterfly Keeper, makes me want to step right inside. It would look great over my Chinoiserie dresser. My husband gave me that dresser when we were dating, how could I not marry him? Thanks for the wonderful post.

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  118. Joni, I made it. I sent my photos of my Historic Home into Victorian Home Magazine like you suggested. Well, they cam on Oct. 11 and 12 and took the photos for 2 days and 2 nights. Thanks, for your help. Don't know when I will be in, will keep you informed. Richard in Missouri

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  119. Wow, so hard to choose! The Dowry. What a generous giveaway, thanks :)

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  120. It would have to be C3-Bibliophile, it would be such a wonderful gift for a reader...

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  121. It would have to be C3-Bibliophile, it would be such a wonderful gift for a reader...

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  122. Oh, these are incredible! I'm such a chinoiserie fan and I'm so glad you told us about him. My favorite is The Observatory.
    My e-mail is nancymason55@gmail.com

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  123. Love, love, love Harrison's work!!

    As it's my birthday today and I share the name Harrison I'm sure I'll be the winner of print A16 titled "Festival." It reminds me of my friends and me when we celebrate. :)

    New to reading your blog....love it too!

    PS Can you source that suzani on your bed for us?

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  124. It's impossible not to LOVE chinoiserie. I LOVE the Fisherman and ADORE Sailing to the Moon. Thanks so much for the Give away!

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  125. A very generous and talented man!
    I can not believe you have four fabulous prints!!! I just ordered my first this week, but another one would be unbelievable!

    It's torture to choose just one, Bibliophile or Rendevous at Night would be at the top of my list.

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  126. Joni,

    I love the Yellow Sail! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win a beautiful gift.

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  127. Oh, how I would love The Bibliophile in my breakfast nook. Love, love, love!

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  128. dear joni - i have been a cote de texas fan for a long time and previous to this i would have said that the brown lantern giveaway was my favorite - but kill me dead if i don't win this one! - i am picking the stargazer, but don't hold me to it - so many are so fabulous!

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  129. It is so hard to pick just one. I'm still debating, even as I type. But I think I would choose The Moon Sailor.

    I love the coloration as well as the whimsy of the prints. Thank you so much for the offer!

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  130. I love the Butterfly Keeper and would hang it my daughter's room!

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  131. Joni,
    I love Chinoiserie---what a great post. I am going to be a first time grandma sometime this month so I would want Rabbit Talk---I think it's fun and beautiful.
    Karen

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  132. Oh, I feel so much better to know you have a hard time pronouncing chinoiserie too!!! It took me forever to get toile right ... still working on chinoiserie! :o)

    And I LOVED "Rabbit House". Absolutely LOVE it!

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  133. I really liked the c9 crab! beautiful prints!

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  134. The prints are so charming. I would take "The Crab Painter."
    Your bedroom is lovely by the way!
    (And I am a different Sheila from the one who commented previously.)

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  135. Thank you for this post which is wonderful to slowly look at and for the giveaway which is also wonderful. The Butterfly keeper please for my daughter.

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  136. It really is impossible for me to choose any one of theses as they are all absolutely beautiful! I am a chinois nut! I think I will go with the butterfly gardner or the fisherman! Thank you for showcasing these. I am saving the site for my future use with clients!
    Kelley
    khf97@aol.com

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  137. I adore the "Flower Head on Black". I first became aware of HH's work on Styling by Coty. He is quite a talent and a gracious man!

    Soooooo, pick me pick me pick me!

    xoxo

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  138. Adore the "green Angaria.". We scuba and it reminds me of our travels.

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  139. Adore the "green Angaria.". We scuba and it reminds me of our travels.

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  140. Love several of these. The Gardener, The Holly Green (I think I got the name right), The Fisherman -- any of these would reflect who we are.

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  141. What a wonderful giveaway. I have admired these since you featured them in your blog. Your bedroom is fabulous and such a perfect place for four (you're so lucky) prints. I especially like the Astonomer because of the beautiful colors. All are so pretty, it is difficult to choose a favorite.

    Melissa

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  142. Awesome giveaway as usual! Sooo hard to choose a favorite but I think I love the flower lady with doves the best!

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  143. They are all so beautiful very hard to choose, but liking The Fisherman alot. Thanks for the great give away love your blog!

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  144. I love "The Moon Sailor". Wow. Thank you for introducing us to this wonderful artist Joni. I remember seeing those print in your bedroom... but never took notice of the artist. He's wonderful! The only problem with winning one print is that I would want to buy 3 more, like you did, to have a complete set! :)

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  145. Mr. Howard is such a good draftsman. His paintings are bright and cheery.
    It isn't full of chinoiserie, but I like the Late Again picture, from the children's series. The interior design in the picture appeals to me, although it'd probably be a gift for a niece and nephew.

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  146. The Reader is my favorite, if I had to pick just one.

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  147. I like b-16,the Yellow Sail. Love the colors, and the fantastical nature of it -- sailing through the sky.

    jeannie2nyc@yahoo.com

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  148. Thank you for the lovely giveaway Joni and thank you for your comment the other day about the sofas (back to back) on my blog...well, it was difficult but I love the 'Sailing to the Moon' print...all of them are beautiful!!

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  149. If I have to choose one - The Rabbit House.
    Lovely.

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  150. Like to say that your blog has been a feast for my eyes and a pleasure to read for some time now, so thank you, Joni.

    Choosing one Harrison Howard print is a delicious misery, but, the one I love beyond all reason is The Rabbit House.

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  151. the monnsailer, the fisherman, the crabman.... ok forget it, just let me pick with my eyes shut because they are all to die for. i'm a huge chinoiserie fan (i can even SAY it without giggling, joni), and would plotz to have any one of these. puhleeeeeeeeeeeeze choose me.....

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  152. I love his work too, Joni.
    Can you please tell me how I can submit an idea for a post? I can't find an email contact. Perhaps that is purposeful. I love your site and I think your readers would be interested.
    Thank you.
    dana @danagibson.com

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  153. Are you serious?!?!? This I SO DESIRE...TITLE: G-1 - The Green Folly. fmparde@gmail.com

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  154. This was so much fun! I could imagine a number of the Harrison Howard Chinoiserie Prints in my home! So many wonderful ones to choose from. My ultimate choice is The Spindle Shell with Red Coral. Thank you for always entertaining, enlightening & educating us Joni and thank you Harrison Howard for your generosity.

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  155. I just love them all, but I think A24 may be my favorite!
    jill_pieterse@yahoo.com

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  156. I love C-9 Crab Baiting and how the colors really "pop" against the black background! However, they are all FABULOUS! I definitely just added a few items to my Christmas list after visiting this site!!

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  157. I love the Butterfly Keeper! I have had Harrison Howard's website in a favorites file for a while now. I would love to win a piece of his art!

    mgauley@nc.rr.com

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  158. The paintings look beautiful in your bedroom. Love them - so colorful and whimsical. Hard to choose, but my absolute favorite would be The Poem. The Astronomer, Fisherman, Crab Painter and Butterfly Keeper are favorites as well. Harrison Howard is super talented. Thanks for the post and the chance to enter.

    Janice
    Pemaquid
    jmcguire@midcoast.com

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  159. Who doesn't love em all! They are amazing! I finally decided to choose The Astronomer since I love all things chinoiserie and my husband loves all things astronomy. Thanks, Joni, for telling us about Harrison Howard...I am definitely bookmarking his website!

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  160. I LOVE the fisherman print, and my daughter and husband would too. Terri
    ohhappydaisybox@yahoo.com

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  161. I pick "The Astronomer." If that's a stargazer lily in the background, it's even more delightful. Thanks to both you and Mr. Howard.

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  162. My favorites are The Poem and The Fisherman. They all have such beautiful colors and I found them all to be quite fascinating. Thanks to both of you for such a wonderful giveaway!

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  163. "The Letter Writer" B7 -- my most favorite! His work is so happy!

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  164. Sailing to the Moon! Love, love, love it!

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  165. These are so cool, but if I am forced to pick a favorite, I will go with the " The Rabbit House". Good luck to everyone !

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  166. I love so many of them, but one in particular stands out, #A5 - Parasol in the Air. It is perfect for a little girls room. So fanciful. Thank you so much!

    zoeripley@verizon.net

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  167. I agree with everyone else - it's hard to pick one. I love the astronomer, too, Joni. I think that it'd look absolutely stunning against the rusty coral color of my office walls - don't you? Please enter me, I'm keeping fingers crossed for this one ... so sad about the mirror. :(

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  168. What gorgeous prints! How on Earth to choose just one??

    But...I believe Id have to go with C-5 "Net Mending" Just love the colors and details in it.

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  169. Oh, Joni! Any one of the shell series. I adore the ocean and love sea shells. Have bowls of them in my house.

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  170. I ADORE them all and have been wanting one for such a long time! My favorite is probably the Crab Painter. I also love the Gardener. Probably because I love both of those past-times myself.

    kkmcgannon@aol.com

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  171. What a tough choice. THey're all wonderful prints. I think my favorite is C2 The Two Gardeners. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  172. These are great, especially C6 - The Gardener. (and your bedroom is a knockout)

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  173. Really beautiful prints. THe best one if really the fisherman, with jus the lovliest touch or lavender and purple.

    -Mary Casey
    caseym@stpiusx-pdx.org

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  174. I find that I am liking quite a few of the choices, but if forced to choose, I suppose I would say the Bibliophile is a favorite of mine. I greatly enjoy your blog and I find that I almost always learn something.

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  175. I have been wanting one of his prints since I first saw his work on Pique of Chic too! But I always have trouble narrowing the paintings down to a couple of favorites! It's nearly impossible. So I've been sitting here for over an hour trying to make up my mind and I think my favorite is THE FISHERMAN.

    I love the composition, the simplicity, the glance over his shoulder and you gotta love coral! That's my choice. Thank you, Joni. I love your blog and am always excited to see a new entry in my email in box.
    ♥ Kathy

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  176. Joni, your blog is always beautiful and informative, but this one has been my all time favorite! I've looked at Harrison Howard's prints over and over and finally chose C6 "The Gardener." Thank you for the chance and thank H. Howard for his generosity.

    jeannejoh@msn.com

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  178. Love this one -C6- The Gardener!!

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  179. Joni-
    Sorry for posting twice (if this works)... I'm trying to get my google acct to post successfully here. I can never leave you a proper comment b/c I can't access my google on your blog. So here goes testing 1...2...3..
    Oh, and I love the way you say Shin-wah-zer-eh -- don't you dare change a thing about it!
    kathymn

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  180. Oh my god amazing giveaway. I have been lusting after a HArrison Howard Print forever!! I love the whimsy of Bibliophile. Here's hoping I win :)

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  181. Great post, very thorough and full of beautiful images. Such an excellent giveaway.

    My favorite is B5, "The Departure." Such incredible imagery, and what a pleasure it would be to wake up to this fantasy, here in cold Montana.

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  182. I like Yellow Sail, Butterfly Keeper, and Tea for Two!

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  183. Oh word! I can't even look at these without wanting to run away and live in a watercolor storybook! I was never familiar with these until reading this— I've been missing out!

    My absolute favorite IS C4- Arranging Drapery. As an interior design student I feel like I'm the girl directing my cranky and "over-it" guy friend where to drape the fabric.

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  184. I absolutely love The Astronomer. It has long been a favorite of mine.

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  185. Every time I try to say the word OUTLOUD on the Skirted Roundtable, Megan cracks up laughing.

    Everything you ever need to know about Megan Arquette is contained in this anecdote

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  186. Thank you for sharing Howard's work on your blog. Choosing a favorite wasn't easy, as all of his work is lovely. I loved The Maze: It's so fanciful, yet the colors are serene. It makes me think of a simpler time. Thanks again!

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  187. It looks like all the comments are in, and just in case some of you that commented read this I'd like to thank all of you for your kind remarks and for revealing what each of like. I would prefer to write to each of you individually, but for someone that types with one finger, that seems a bit over ambitious. Thank you ESPECIALLY to JONI WEBB for not only putting on the giveaway, but for her generous remarks, and the very interesting post she did on chinoiserie.

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  188. Wow, his work is rather stunning. I simply adore G-1 The Garden Folly. It really is quite a magical place.

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  189. I simply can't decide! They are all so gorgeous...so I think I would pick the Fishermen. That only took 20 minutes to decide, love them all!
    Thanks for showing us his work!
    sheaggy3@yahoo.com

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  190. Oh, I missed the deadline! Sigh. Harrison Howard's paintings are just exquisite. His prints beautifully balance the armoire in your bedroom!

    Loretta
    p.s. Joni- A giveaway of my jewelry through Wed. on APPLESandRUBIES- would you want to enter? I would like you to win something, too!

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