Painted Interiors Are Completely Trending


Peter Copping fondly remembers visiting the British Museum as a baby and taking within the sight of the Portland Vase, that blue-black glass marvel that dates again to Roman occasions. Now, an Elizabeth II silver-gilt reproduction from 1973 could be present in his dreamy, centuries-old manor in Normandy, France—at the very least within the ornamental arts fantasy rendered by London-based room portrait artist SJ Axelby.

Copping, an avid collector and the previous creative director of Oscar de la Renta, was approached by Christie’s to handpick tons from its The Collector: On-line sale that he would take pleasure in furnishing his abode with. (The net element simply kicked off and can run by way of Might 20, whereas The Collector: Dwell is ready to happen in London on Might 19.) For Copping, lengthy smitten with public sale catalogs, “it was an entire dream” to visualise these antiques from the Seventeenth by way of twentieth centuries adorning six rooms at La Carlière, the nation property he shares together with his husband, floral designer Rambert Rigaud. These grand, colourful areas have been then delivered to life in Axelby’s mixed-media work.

A bed room of the Normandy residence.

Picture: Courtesy of Christie’s

“It was like happening a significant buying spree,” Copping tells AD PRO. “Afterward, I used to be ready to have a look at these items in watercolor, interpreted by the artist by way of the lens of La Carlière, and it was a pleasant option to see them.”

One other illustration, which captures the ‘Hen and Chicks’ tureen.

Picture: Courtesy of Christie’s

The copy of the Portland Vase, which Copping discovered greatest suited to the Petit Salon, sparked a strong reminiscence. However different treasures he chosen for these vignettes, like a big Artwork Nouveau–fashion Wedgwood Fairytale Lustre ‘Temple on a Rock’ vase from 1925, have been a extra shocking alternative, he admits: “It had such attractive colours and was in good concord with the bookcase housing my assortment of The World of Interiors magazines.”

Axelby’s aspirational depictions of La Carlière, which additionally showcase Copping’s personal line of handmade cushions named for his residence, are enchanting. The Christie’s tons seamlessly blended with Copping and Rigaud’s on a regular basis structure. The eating room, with its elaborate, late-Seventeenth-century ebonized cupboard melding Italian gilt bronze, marble, and ivory-inlaid rosewood, for instance, seems as if it has at all times been a backdrop to a meal served out of the Chelsea porcelain ‘Hen and Chickens’ tureen from 1755, or that somebody has simply stood up from one of many mid 18th-century darkish blue velvet Venetian Lacca armchairs within the visitor bed room.

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