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Bedroom of Jeanne Lanvin, Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Bedroom of Jeanne Lanvin, Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Bedroom of Jeanne Lanvin, Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Housed in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, this rare example of a bedroom of the 1920's hung with an embroidered material completely identical to the original, with a chainstitch of  white cotton and bronze metal threads on a blue shantung background.
 
The decor, created by Armand Rateau for Jeanne Lanvin, is inspired by a reinvented
« Turquerie ». Wall after wall, the embroidery fits perfectly the architecture of the room, illustrating with brio the ability of a talented interior designer to use embroidery and, more widely, the decorative arts.
 
The 52 embroiderers involved in this project needed a special knack to imitate the
« Cornely » semi-mechanical technique of the original.   
 
Bedroom of Jeanne Lanvin, Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Napoleon's Throne

Napoleon's Throne
Napoleon's Throne

Realized for a private collector, this embroidered red silk velvet trimming, intended for one of the official thrones of Emperor Napoleon, is the identical reproduction of techniques employed at the time of his reign.

Symbolizing the omnipotence of the Emperor, the decor borrows his official emblems: laurel, bees, monogramme, thunderbolt, etc. A few hundreds hours of needlework were necessary to cover with real gold thread the cardboard cut-outs which constituted then the core of the decor.
 
Gold sequins and softwire set one by one with a needle punctuate the decor giving it brilliance through their play with light.
A parade footrest adorned with a pattern of bees completes the decor.
 
This project required an important historical and technical research and preparatory work in order to recreate the piece as it was, because it had disappeared. The only known trace remaining was the representation of the throne on a painted portrait of the Emperor.
 
Napoleon's Throne
Napoleon's Throne
Napoleon's Throne
Napoleon's Throne
Napoleon's Throne

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