Gilt Leather Pen Case

Lut’s gilt leather  fountain pen case.

Made from a cutting of underneath  Plaisance Panel

Clumsy sewing with cord by yours truly.

The pen is a Platinum President Made in Japan

If you have gilt leather cuttings, use them !

As Always



From Reverie to Freedom

Megayacht Reverie was build in year 2000,  built by Benetti, with a length of 70 meter a beam of 12,5m and her seven decks, Reverie, the ultimate mega luxury motor yacht is the largest yacht built in Italy in the last fifteen years. This fabulous vessel of 1500 tons combines the space of a cruising ship with the richness and luxury of a magnificent megayacht. The interior design and decor were entrusted to the famous English designer John Munford, who proposed classic furnishing in dark mahogany and walnut. The furniture is in Regency and Imperial English style with vaulted ceilings showing fresco paintings. Columns, pilasters and capitals with floral design have been widely used, as well as a profusion of exclusive marbles. Every single detail has been carefully selected in order to make this yacht a very exclusive and unique vessel.

As it went, in the millennium year we supplied gilt leather for this magnificent yacht,  John Munford had them fitted in the boiseries of the main dining room. The leathers were purchased at Renwick & Clarcke ltd our UK distributors at that time

Reverie eventually was sold and re-baptized Freedom and here you got the explanation for the title of this posting.

DCF 1.0

A view of the yacht in a bay of an Italian town (?) I’m aware that the perspective is in the advantage of the yacht, nevertheless it looks impressive.


This is the only picture of the dining room I could find online. At the far end one can see the gilt leather, above the dado rail you see Verentuil  panels, under the dado rail  you will note the Lauderdale panels with their characteristic lozenge design. This is not all, framing the elaborated ceiling just before the mahogany cornice you will recognize Marot Borders in a Gilded & Cream version.

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Second Empire, the Napoleon III style Gilt Leather

 Moncla panel in the Second Empire Style

Its said that the Second Empire style is sort of mic mac of all styles from all periods.

It ends up being a complex, subtle and creative style.

Dwellings are comfortable, stately and made to entertain in a lavish way.

                       Inspiration for the Moncla here under came from a

small period papier-maché table top.



Thank you for reading me. Without you this blog would be pointless.

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In the workshop

This to share some pictures of an order we have been working on lately.                 I took the pictures while the work was in process which means that what you see are unfinished panels. At least these pictures give en idea of what kept us locked in the studio for some time.

Meanwhile these have arrived at destination in Macau


And Ottoman panels with a mother-of-pearl metallic ground.

Trellis and polkadots are of course hand painted.

As Always, made with Passion & Savoir Faire






AD Interiors 2017

From the 6th  till the 20th September at La Monnaie de Paris

For this years event we were asked by Elliott Barnes to make a wall hanging for his booth at La Monnaie de Paris

Elliott’s interiors are contemporary ……. he designs.

Clean lines, clean comfortable seating, he pays attention to the practical aspects of his interiors.

He uses quality materials and beautiful fabrics, he fascinated by surfaces and textures.

Elliott creates Interiors in which you can relax.

Listen to music, have friends, or eventually… work.

Interiors in which you would you love to live.

As I write they are installing the leathers on the site.

I hope to see you at the vernissage.

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New Reliquary for St Fris of Bassoues

Saint Fris Reliquary, Bassoues.

Jacques Dubarry de la Salle (90 !)

He came to the workshop with the idea to search the drawers for some forgotten leather panel he could use as a covering for Saint Fris’s  new reliquary.

He came, He saw, He went (with a panel under the arm)

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "jacques dubarry de la salle"

Jacques, here lecturing on marbles, one of his great passions, he is at the origin of the Marble Museum in Bagnères-de-bigorre which is soon to open doors

Ivory roof tiles comes from ancient piano touches, the woodwork form bits and pieces made and found in his workshop and a gilt leather panel from my drawer. All the work and intelligence by: Jacques !!

This reliquary reflects the spirit of the remote area I live in, small budget, great creativity, good will….. I love it.

Some pictures in situ at the Basilique St Fris will follow in a later posting.

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Rose & Tulip Border

Dutch scholar Eloy Koldeweij in his book “Goudleer-Kinkarakawa” states the border originates from Amsterdam around 1660. On page 123 there is a picture of this border form the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

French scholar Henri Clouzot in his book “Cuirs décorés ” 1920                 pictures on page XI of book 2 a Rose & Tulip border form the collection of the Museum “Vleeshuis” Antwerp. He dates the panel simply as 17th century and originating form Flanders.                                                                                                                                           The border pictured by H. Clouzot is attached to a panel, when looked closely at one can see some putti and as central theme a fruit basket perhaps an allegory on the abundance ?

The Border we have was originally a reproduction made for restoration purposes by Van Herck Antwerp, a dynasty of antique dealers and restores. I was told the wooden blocks to reproduce the leather panels on cardboard paper were made at the end of the 19th century yet flipping a bend edge revealed a stamp of Van Herck dated 1925. This doesn’t proof the mould was made in the early 20th century yet I confess I would have expected to see 1892 for ex.

As you can see the border is framed by a cabochon and diamonds edge which we unfortunately have not on our border as the original panel we took the print from had a poor definition of this part of the sculpture event though it looks good on the picture.

Eventually it would be worth while to dig into the history of the Van Herck family in Antwerp …… maybe later……

Here another detail of our Rose & Tulip Border

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