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Chinese tea house | Small Chinese pavilion for Frederick the Great
Frederick the Great had the small Chinese pavilion built near his summer palace, Sanssouci Palace. Around the tea house, which belongs to the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg, are grouped life-size, gold-plated sandstone figures of Chinese people playing and dining. The golden figures of the pavilion can be seen from afar. The tea house was built in 1754 by Johann Gottfried Büring. It originated at a time when “Chinese fashion” was emerging in Europe. The dragon house built later in the shape of a Chinese pagoda was also under this influence.
The tea house has the shape of a shamrock. The model was a garden pavilion, the Maison du Trefle, in the castle park of Lunéville (France). It has a curved tent-like copper roof, which is supported by four palm pillars made of sandstone. On the roof is a gilded figure of a mandarin with an open umbrella and caduceus.
Chinese tea house | Interior design
The interior of the house is made up of three small cabinets furnished with porcelain and a round hall with imaginative ceiling paintings. The ceiling painting depicts laughing Chinese and monkeys.
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