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The World of Interiors May 2018

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1 Seeking to inject a little Palazzo Ducale-style sparkle into your sitting room? Cox London has just the thing: a 1.22m-high hand-forged, distressed-gilt metalwork ‘Genoese’ chandelier with amethyst and clear-crystal drops (£20,375). Alternative colours are available on request. Ring 020 3328 9506, or visit coxlondon.com. 2 Unable to find stylish indoor plant pots, Matilda Goad felt the seed of disappointment being sown. But soon that feeling bloomed into her own updated versions of hand-painted enamelled tole planters. Available in four colours and two sizes, they cost from £30. Ring 07739 186703, or visit matildagoad.com. 3 The 18th-century fashion for print rooms looks set for another revival (the last was in the 1990s). Such aristocratic interiors were originally decorated with individual copperplate engravings and borders to create a découpage gallery, and usually came…

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antennae roundup

5 min.
marbled marvels

IN A TOWN just south of Jaipur, great squares of paper dry in the sun, laid out like a giant game of Memory. This has been a familiar sight in Sanganer for centuries, ever since the founder of Jaipur, Maharajah Jai Singh II, established a paper-making industry here in 1728. The sheets are made almost exactly as they would have been then: from pulped cotton rags, today mostly offcuts and other wastage from the clothing industry. Artisanal workshops specialising in various decorative techniques have blossomed around this paper culture: block-printing, screen-printing and marbling – or ‘painting on water’, to give it its more poetic local description. It was this last practice that caught the attention of Rosi de Ruig as she was planning a recent trip to Rajasthan with her husband…

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taken in hand

9 min.

MERRIE ALBION: LANDSCAPE STUDIES OF A SMALL ISLAND (by Simon Roberts; Dewi Lewis, rrp £45) Using A Tale of Two Cities’ opening line about ‘the best of times’ and ‘the worst of times’ as its epigraph, Merrie Albion offers a never-less-than-arresting photographic survey of Britain at work, rest and restlessness between 2007 and 2017. And what a decade it was, Simon Roberts’s visual odyssey taking us from the fag end of New Labour and the cosmopolitanism of the 2012 Olympics to the Occupy movement and Brexit, with the nagging question throughout being one of belonging. Roberts began pondering the notion of British identity, memory and attachment to place on his return from Russia in 2005. He’d spent more than a year there, producing Motherland, a body of landscape and figure studies…

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serious pursuits

It’s the classic set-up. You bring someone to a party and casually introduce them to your friend, so that sparks might fly. Such was Alfred Barr’s plan, when in 1955 he played matchmaker to his pal David Rockefeller and… Cézanne. For in the erstwhile Moma director’s pocket was a photo of the painter’s Boy in a Red Vest. The banking heir, to Barr’s delight, was smitten. Such admiration for the Modern was uncharacteristic. Born in 1915, Rockefeller had grown up in a house filled with art but, under his father’s traditionalist jurisdiction, none of it contemporary. In 1948, Barr and his wife had been appalled by the 18th-century portraits they’d seen in David and his wife, Peggy’s, house. This introduction to Post-Impressionism was to have a profound effect on the…