Abbotsford - Standard Gun Metal
Dimensions: de Gournay wallpapers are produced as panels in any height up to 4.3m. Total panel length is 0.60 more than the chosen design height when ordering via the straight run method and 0.30m more than your wall height when ordering via the tailored method. These wallpapers are 0.915m wide after trimming except where marked. Customization of design elements, colourways and panel heights are fully available though subject to additional charge.
Details: While many other designs in the Chinoiserie Collection have been adjusted to better suit contemporary uses and tastes, de Gournay's
Abbotsford is an unmodified reproduction of one of the most impressive surviving antique set of panels we have encountered that maintains the full drama and grand scale of the original.
Abbotsford is special for its densely packed finely worked renderings of figures, animals and exotic birds amidst flowering bushes of peony, finger citron, prunus, camellia, chrysanthemum and other flowers. Painted using a palette of colourful pigments on a rich turquoise ground, the original made a detailed botanical study of the many plants, exotic to Western eyes, to be found in a fine oriental garden.
The model for the design is a rare set of 20 panels, each 4ft wide that experts have attributed to the work of the painter Tsai, active in Canton in the late Qianlong period (circa 1790). The design is named after a very similar surviving set which hangs in the drawing room at Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott's home in Scotland. Hugh Scott, a cousin of Sir Walter and also a director of the East Indian Company acquired these in the Orient on behalf of Lady Scott for this room.
Individual panels from de Gournay's historical designs are wider at 4ft (1200mm) and taller at 11ft (3350mm) than our standard Chinoiserie designs. Design heights are not adjustable to end the pattern within shorter spaces in order to maintain the historical integrity of the design meaning that if ordered as shorter panels, the pattern will be a section of the original and will run off the top of the panel.
Installation 1: Interior design by Judy Bentley. Laura Negri Photography.
Installation 2: Interior design by MHZ Interior Design.
Installation 3: Photography by Natasha Polskaya
Installation 4: Photography by Natasha Polskaya