St. Nicholas Church, Potsdam, Germany

St. Nicholas Church, Potsdam, Germany

Chinese House in Sanssouci Park, Potsdam, Germany

Chinese House in Sanssouci Park, Potsdam, Germany

The interesting thing about chinoiserie is that most of the people involved had never been to Asia, much less China. Certainly Frederick the Great hadn’t. However, the rococo period was characterized by fantasy and China was not the only source of inspiration for their escapist fantasies.