Tuesday, 8 July 2008

How to turn a Moscow mafioso into a robber baron

Maison 21 liked this overblown, grandiose monstrosity in his What's wrong with me? post. And so did I.

These are some of the elements I would choose to make it work for a rather grand drawing room. Who says one can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear?

Lee Jofa's Pondicherry Silk for the walls as well as the massive Hutton sofas.
The carpet would have to be an antique aubergine Donegal.

Lee Jofa's Crescent Damask for the curtains and the other upholstered pieces in the room.

A pair of 19th Century Ebonised, Red Boulle and Brass-Mounted Display Cabinets, the stepped plinth top over a frieze with applied gilt-brass putti, vines etc., over two clear-glazed doors enclosing shelves, between plain pilasters headed by gilt brass trusses, all on a conforming plinth. Perfect for either side of a Breche Violette bolection fireplace.

A Regency mahogany breakfront side cabinet, circa 1810, the ebony banded lip above four doors with re-entrant panels, on a plinth. In desperate need of restoration, but this would be fantastic when done.

A Regency Mahogany Secretaire, the moulded top over a panelled fall enclosing cupboards, small drawers, and a leather-lined slope with lidded tills, ink and sand pots, and a pen tray, the base having two panelled doors between scrolled, moulded and leaf-carved trusses, on a moulded base with lyre- shaped feet. Again, just in need of a little attention.

Pair of massive sofas by Gary Hutton .

A Regency Rosewood and Brass Inlaid Chaise Longue, covered in gold cotton velvet, with two bolsters, the shaped back and scrolled ends over a loose squab on straight rails and sabre feet with brass paw caps and castors.

An ebonised and parcel gilt window seat, in Regency style, early 20th century.

Now playing: Henry Mancini - Michael's Theme (from 'The Godfather')
via FoxyTunes


An Aesthete's Lament said...

Of course you are so right, on all counts. What a spectacular room your selections would make. And those sofas are magnificent and highly, highly covetable. I want them.

maison21 said...

wow- that's some lipstick you put on that pig!

really- as aesthete said, your selections would make an absolutely spectacular room and
i'm honored to have provided the somewhat dubious inspiration for your creative and tasteful post...

Mrs. Blandings said...

Bravo, HOBAC, bravo!

Pigtown-Design said...

love the chaise! i can't even wrap my mind around how large the Gary Hutton sofa must be! I am sure it wouldn't fit into my wee house.

hope you're well... having a visitor from london over the weekend.

Seraph + Splendor said...

The Regency chaise is truly an object of beauty...

Cote de Texas said...

God, you are talented, I am in awe of your abilities. seriously. like in awe.

HOBAC said...

Cd'T - Ahhha! Where should I send the cheque?

katiedid said...

I can see it all in my mind's eye. Yes, you have whipped up a masterpeice. (I liked the chandelier too.)

Topsy Turvy said...

Those Gary Hutton sofas are too wonderful!