Earlham - SC on Ice Blue
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. Customisation of design elements, colourways and panel heights are fully available though subject to additional charge.
Details: Thin and elegantly shaped trees reach towards the sky in de Gournay’s Earlham, carrying profuse varieties of the most revered flowers in Chinese culture: tree peonies, chrysanthemums and plum blossoms. Delicate and intricately worn decorative rocks adorn the ground in front of a finely painted moss horizon while above some of the grandest and most recognisable species of gaily coloured oriental birds play in pairs amongst the branches.
The source for de Gournay’s Earlham design is a set of panels in the collection of the Victoria and Albert museum, London, dating from the middle of the 18th century and representing both an amazingly well preserved and excellent example of their type. The size of the antique panels is a very typical 12ft tall by 3ft wide, being the ideal dimensions in a set of 25 panels for the average large Georgian mansion of the period. de Gournay put great effort into maintaining the feel of the panels at the original scale when creating the shorter design height required for the majority of contemporary applications.
The remarkable condition of the antique panels can be attributed to the fact that perhaps these, as we know was the case with other papers, may have been brought out of their boxes for special occasions only and hung temporarily on rollers during royal visits or important receptions. Surviving records state that the Duke of Buccleuch did such a thing at his residence on Petersham Road, Richmond, in preparation for a visit from Queen Victoria I. It is natural that the beauty, rarity and cost of these unusual papers, even for the wealthiest individuals in the 18th century, led to elaborate arrangements when applying them to walls to preserve them for the greatest time possible.
Installation 1: Interior design by Beverly Field. Photography by Max Kim-Bee
Installation 2: Photography by de Gournay
Installation 3: © Interior design by Christy Blumenfeld. Photography by Nancy Nolan.
Installation 4: Interior design by Christopher Maya Inc. Photography by Lucas Allen.
Installation 5: Photography by Philippe le Berre
Installation 6: Finca Cortesin Hotel, Malaga. Interior design by Senor Duarte Pinto Coelho
Installation 7: Photography by de Gournay
Installation 8: Interior design by Etchika Werner. Photography by Gregor Hohenberg