Dec. 10

 

I SPY: Fromental

by Lynn Byrne

Fromental wallpaper at Dragonette spotted by Lynn Byrne on Blogtour LA

Fromental wallpaper at Dragonette spotted by Lynn Byrne on Blogtour LA

There are just certain companies that I am drawn to like a moth to a flame.  Fromental is one of them.  They  explicity state  in their “About” section that they are “deeply committed to continuing the tradition of the decorative arts.” Of course that grabs my attention.

And, after seeing one of their Chinese master painters creating their gorgeous wallpaper in person while on Blogtour London–they had me for life.  Expect a post whenever I spot a Fromental installation, and this fall I was lucky enough to see two.  First, I spied the wonderful wallpaper in the window of Dragonette  seen above when we visited them on BlogTour LA.  Later this fall, I was blown away be the Fromental installation conceived by J + G Design for Holiday House NYC.

Take a look.

Jennifer and Georgie in front of their gorgeous Fromental installation at Holiday House NYC

Jennifer and Georgie in front of their gorgeous Fromental installation at Holiday House NYC

Interior design by J + G Design

Interior design by J + G Design

Jennifer and Georgie called their space “A Painterly Christmas, ” and included  a lovely settee and a painting they did themselves, but of course the Fromental panels stole the show. The designers astonished me when they told me the panels were done in one month!!

Fromental wall panels. Interior Design J+G Design for the 2013 Holiday House NY

Fromental wall panels. Interior Design J+G Design for the 2013 Holiday House NY

If the gorgeous Fromental shown here isn’t enough to make you smile, doesn’t J+G Design’s charming rendering (they did it themselves) elicit a grin? Love it.

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All photos by Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now. Rendering by J+G Design. This is NOT a sponsored post.

Dec. 09

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Verre Eglomise

by Lynn Byrne

Fontana Arte c.1960 coffee table with decorated with verre eglomise brightly colored leaf motif at Bernd Goeckler Salon Art +Design

Fontana Arte c.1960 coffee table with decorated with verre eglomise brightly colored leaf motif at Bernd Goeckler’s booth at the  Salon Art +Design

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Verre eglomise coffee table by Fontana Arte c.1960, with detail shot

“If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates 

VERRE EGLOMISE: Glass which has been painted on the reverse to depict a picture or other design that shows through to the other side.  The glass is often (but not always)  gilded in gold or metal leaf.  Sometimes shortened to  ”eglomise.”  The practice dates back to the pre-Roman days, but the name comes from an eighteenth century French decorator and art dealer Jean-Baptise Glomy who is credited for reviving the process.

I spotted several examples of the beautiful practice of verre eglomise when I made the design rounds this fall, like the gorgeous coffee table by Fontana Arte shown above at Bernd Goeckler’s booth at the Salon Art+Design.

Bernd Goeckler displayed more verre eglomise at the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show.  You can catch a glimpse of the monumental 25 panels of verre eglomise created by Paule Ingrand, in France c. 1942 behind the chandelier in their always chic booth.  The panels depict the myth of Diane the Huntress.  I shot some details–tricky because of the reflection–but  I hope you get the idea.

Bernd Goeckler always has a chic booth at every show. Here you see "Diane the Huntress" behind the chandelier at the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers show

Bernd Goeckler always has a chic booth at every show. Here you see “Diane the Huntress” by Paule Ingrand c.1942 behind the chandelier at the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers show

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Verre Eglomise. “Diane the Huntress” by Paule Ingrand c.1942

Details from "Diane the Huntress" by Paul Ingrand, France, 1942 which consists of 25 reverse painted glass panels (verre eglomise) spotted by Lynn Byrne at Bernd Goeckler's booth at the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show

Verre Eglomise. Detail from “Diane the Huntress” by Paul Ingrand, France, 1942

Verre eglomise detail from Diane the Huntress"" by Paule Ingrand

Verre eglomise detail from Diane the Huntress”" by Paule Ingrand

Over at Holiday House NYC,  designer Patrik Lonn used verre eglomise in a more contemporary way with an installation in the back of a bookcase.

Verre Eglomise backing the bookshelf in  2013Holiday House NYC

Verre Eglomise backing the bookshelf in 2013Holiday House NYC

Indeed, verre eglomise appears to be a showhouse favorite.  Who can forget the memorable verre eglomise ceiling done by  Miriam Ellner in Celerie Kemble’s room in the 2011 Kips Bay Showhouse.

Celerie Kemble's room in the 2011 Kips Bay Show House with its verre eglomise ceiling.

Celerie Kemble’s room in the 2011 Kips Bay Show House with its verre eglomise ceiling.

Designer Darren Henault also used verre eglomise in his Kips Bay room, this time on the closet doors.

Closet doors with verre eglomise. Interior design by Darren Henault.

Closet doors with verre eglomise. Interior design by Darren Henault.

 

Verre eglomise was very popular during the Federal period, often decorating case pieces.  Joseph Barry, a Baltimore maker, is especially noted for his verre eglomise work.

Federal period secretary decorated with verre eglomise

Federal period secretary decorated with verre eglomise

I even have a small bit of verre eglomise in my own home, in the form of a pretty landscape on a late federal mirror. my mbr verre eglomise collage Verre eglomise is such a gorgeous art form that I can’t resist leaving you with a few more pretty pictures.

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Verre eglomise on the powder room walls

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Via World of Interiors. Verre Eglomise walls.

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Verre eglomise panel from Sterling Studios

At Bernd Goeckler's booth at the "must-see" International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show

At Bernd Goeckler’s booth at the “must-see” International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show this fall.

 

Photo Credits:  First image, my own. Diana the Huntress from Bernd Goeckler. Booth and Details, ,my own.  Fontana Arte coffee table and detail  from Bernd Goeckler. Holiday House photos my own. Celerie Kemble collage: room from Elle Decor, ceiling photograph by Marco Ricca, chandelier photograph by Nick Johnson, sofa shot by Heather Clawson. Darren Henault image from his website.  Federal secretary  Powder room.  World of Interiors, Sterling Studio  Final image, Stacey Bewkes.

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