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Evenings with an Author: Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz, Wallpaper: A History of Style and Trends
February 21 @ 19 h 30 min
Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz will introduce us to a unique mural art form which was an important page in the history of the decorative arts and interior design. Very much in fashion since the 18th century, English, French and Chinese wallpapers enhanced the homes of aristocratic and prosperous families throughout Europe, Russia and America. As of the end of the 18th century, the French excelled in this field and created the most beautiful and sophisticated decors that were exported throughout the world. Some of the first trend setters were Thomas Jefferson, Sir Horace Walpole, Marie Antoinette… The vogue for these panels continued in America in the 20th century and were reintroduced into decors by such well known figures in the decorative arts as Henry du Pont, Henry Sleeper, Frances Elkins and David Adler, Nancy McLelland, Jacqueline Kennedy… Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz will open the doors to the magical world of papiers peints in public and private collections, revealing the history of taste and the on-going interest and use of these vintage panels in elegant contemporary settings.
About the Speaker
Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz deals in the decorative arts, with a specialty in fine wallpapers from the 18th to the mid-20th centuries. She has pioneered the rediscovery of this unique art form. As a private dealer, she advises collectors, designers, museums and corporations both in Europe and the United States. She also does appraisals and lectures on this particular specialty. Many of her rare vintage panels have been acquired by major museums, such as the NY Metropolitan Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Chicago Art Institute, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, as well as by prominent collectors. She exhibits at major art fairs, notably the Winter Antiques Show, New York and theTEFAF fair in Maastricht. Her book, “Wallpaper- a History of Style and Trends”, (Flammarion, 2009) was awarded the Paul Marmottan Prize by the Académie des Beaux Arts, Institut de France in November 2009