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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

6.07.2011

Catching Some Rays


A few weeks ago I bought one of the photographs exhibited in the Pablove Shutterbugs Graduation Show.


Beautiful Plant by seven-year-old Monserrath. Taking it to the framer is on my to-do list but in the meantime I've been letting it migrate.

 [Paley pool from Karen E. Hudson's Paul R. Williams Architect.]

The angles of the petals she captured remind me of the stylized sun motif in the pool at the Jay Paley house designed by Paul Williams. Different perspectives and different times but both representing California. This picture of the pool encapsulates a certain L.A. fantasy and was chosen for the cover of Williams' granddaughter's book. (Catch my related past post here.)

[Photo by Roger Davies. Design by Peter Dunham. Architectural Digest, June 2011.]

Not surprisingly, that lead me to the Tisch house in Beverly Hills, a Williams-designed 1932 neo-Georgian. Apart from the Williams connection, there's a special rug contributed by the current decorator, Peter Dunham. This piece, in the entry, is a reproduction of an Ernest Boiceau original.

As noted in a Christie's auction listing: Boiceau studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, but also learned the craft of tapestry. Associated with embroidery and textiles in general, he had retail shops for soft furnishings in the early 20th century and after World War I he exhibited wares, such as carpets and furniture, at the Salons d'Automne. French and American clients including architect David Adler and decorators Frances Elkins and Elsie de Wolfe were drawn to his work, however, his business closed with the beginning of World War II.

The repro in Tisch's entry is from Dunham's shop, Hollywood at Home. Don't miss AD's current feature on the house; Tisch has a stellar art collection.

Related past post: Pablove Shutterbugs.

8 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Tremendous all -and LOVE your new photograph!!

Style Court said...

Thanks, Mr. Hurray!

The Devoted Classicist said...

What a pool! Although I could take a little more architecture for the poolhouse, I admire the portico overhanging the water, putting the shade-lovers closer to the action.

Shannon Morris (Georgia College Curator) said...

Love your daughter's photograph. She's got a great eye.

Style Court said...

Shannon --

So glad you like it! But I can't take any credit. The young artist is not a family member, she's a participant in a photography program for pediatric cancer patients.

Jennifer @ Simply Decorate said...

Love that photograph!!

Sarah said...

Thanks Courtney, I am a huge fan of Paul Williams' fabulous work. I believe the new AD features a designer I went to high school with, James Aman and I just saw his sister at my high school reunion, so I MUST buy this issue for his work and Paul Williams...:)

Janet said...

Such a fantastic new acquisition. So fresh and green!