Temple Newsam - 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: By the early 19th century the demands of European customers for more fanciful patterns slowly influenced the design of many Chinoiserie papers as the painters in Canton started modifying their product to cater for their clientele. The faux marble balustrade and porcelain jardinière featured in Temple Newsam are typical of the motifs that western clients wanted to see added.
de Gournay’s design reproduces the antique paper still hanging at Temple Newsam House, Leeds. This paper was a gift to the Marchioness of Hertford from her close friend the Prince of Wales in 1806 and was installed by her daughter as part of the redecoration scheme for the Chinese Drawing Room sometime after its remodelling was completed in 1808. The furniture was supplied by Thomas Chippendale the Younger as part of a much larger scheme for the whole house. The room was in use as the ladies’ withdrawing room in 1827-1828 and was fitted with lavish Louis XIV doorcases and cupboards incorporating Japanese lacquer and unusual silvered mouldings. At around this time Lady Hertford embellished the wallpaper with birds cut from unused off-cuts of the original panels and also with some cut from a first volume of Audobon’s celebrated Birds of America, leading to the presence in de Gournay’s design today of some distinctly non-Chinese looking birds. Lady Hertford’s interiors were a great success and she became celebrated for her taste and style which obviously ran in the family because her son is known to us today as the founder of the Wallace Collection.
Installation 1: Balfour Castle, Scotland
Installation 2: Simon Brown Photography
Installation 3: Interior design by David Carter, London. Photography by Anthony Parkinson
Installation 4: Photography by Dan Marshall
Installation 5: Hotel Daniel, Paris
Installation 6: Simon Brown Photography