[Screengrabs are from Possession.]
Let's rewind to 2002. If your weekend included a Gwyneth Paltrow movie, she was likely cast in the role of an Englishwoman. Take, for example, Possession: in this one she plays contemporary women's studies professor Maud Bailey. And while the film is comprised of flashbacks to the Victorian era -- actually lush scenes of the Victorian Avante-Garde, a movement she studies -- set decorator Ian Whittaker also gives us clues to Bailey's own tastes and personality via her flat outside London.
Notably there's Brigitte Singh's Indian handblocked panel, Blue Tara, hung on a wall rather than used as a curtain. Similar concept to hanging just one or two chinoiserie wallpaper panels as art, but approached more casually.
Also tacked to walls in Bailey's office are scores of pictures, many suggesting the works in this current NGA show.
[Aaron Eckhart on the duck-egg-blue loveseat in Bailey's office. His terrific battered leather satchel obscures the pillows but provides a great contrast with the feminine, fresh-cut flowers.]
To see small Chinese wallpapers and other painted panels framed in centuries past, click here.