Pair of carved wood pedestals coated with gesso and polychrome. Hand-painted in signature opaline blue. Can be used as console or table with a sheet of customized glass for site specifics. Madeleine Castaing, France’s grande dame of decoration, crafted interiors with an eclectic yet refined curation of textiles, tones, and styles. With a unique pastiche of neoclassicism and Proustian romanticism, her internationally renowned aesthetic influenced decorators and designers during a time when neutral-toned modernism governed the design world. She counted Renaissance man Jean Cocteau, New Wave filmmaker Roger Vadim, and painter Chaim Soutine among her clients. The patterns the decorator developed, including jungle pattern and faux moiré, were originally created for the French textile house Hamot. Ocelot carpeting, opaline blue, and coolie lampshades blended with English Regency and Napoleon III furniture formed the saturated vocabulary of “le style Castaing”.
Pair of Madeleine Castaing Pedestals
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