St Laurent - PCC Empire 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: One of the most visually dense Chinoiserie designs within the collection, de Gournay’s ‘St. Laurent’ portrays an oriental garden in riotous bloom, a scene that would have enchanted 18th century European enthusiasts of the ‘Chinese Style’.
Inspired by an impressive set of antique panels belonging to acclaimed fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, de Gournay’s interpretation maintains the full drama and grand scale of the original panels, distinct for their finely worked renderings of elaborate Peacocks and Doves amidst flowering bushes of Peony, Finger Citron, Prunus, Camelia and Chrysanthemum, flowers the era would have considered highly exotic outside of China.
Installed within the Paris apartment of St. Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, the set had an illustrious heritage. Purchased from the wealthy fine art philanthropists Jayne and Charles Wrightsman, the wallpaper is believed to be the very same depicted in Cecil Beaton’s famed watercolour portrait of Harrison and Mona Williams (later Mona Bismarck) in their Palm Beach home. They had themselves bought the set in the 1930’s from Syrie Maugham, one of the most popular interior decorators of the early 20th century ‘Beau Monde’.
St. Laurent makes detailed botanical studies of the various flora and birdlife that fill its flourishing branches, in design colours painted to imitate the faded beauty of the paper as it appears today. Further referencing its historic provenance, the dimensions are wider than the majority of our Chinoiserie motifs, with panels of 1220 mm, rather than the standard 915 mm width.
Installation 1: Photography by Brad Knipstein
Installation 2: Photography by Natalie Dinham
Installation 3: Photography by Mariam Medvedeva
Installation 4: Photography by Johan Sellen
Installation 5: Interior design by Greg Natale. Photography by Anson Smart