de Gournay specialises in creating exquisite hand painted wallpaper, fabrics, porcelain and hand carved furniture.
Since 1986 de Gournay has revived ancient traditions, continuing techniques that began in the 17th century by employing a team of highly skilled artists to paint traditional Chinoiserie, Japanese and Korean and 19th century French Papiers Peints Panoramiques wallpapers. To complement the wallpapers, de Gournay’s artists also hand paint silk fabrics for upholstery and soft furnishings.
‘Askew’ from the Chinoiserie Collection
Claud Cecil Gurney decided to found the company following an unsuccessful search for expert artisans to restore the antique wallpaper in his family home, which highlighted that the traditional art of hand painting wallpaper was nearly completely abandoned. This realisation led him to research the history and techniques of this traditional Chinese art form.
The early years of the company reflect the economic situation in China at the time, when it was almost impossible for a foreigner to forge business links. Claud Cecil Gurney’s meeting with eminent artists in China spurred the creation of the first group of artists working directly for de Gournay, painting on paper and silk. From the outset, surviving Chinoiserie designs in historic houses in the UK were inspirational in resurrecting and preserving the art of hand painted wallpaper.
‘Earlham’ from the Chinoiserie Collection
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