Pieter De Hooch 17th century Gilt Leather Interiors

•15/06/2016 • Leave a Comment

Pieter De Hooch

A remarkable painter of Dutch interior scenes of the 17th century.

He is often compared to Vermeer or at least mentioned in the same phrase, De Hooch being 3 years older than Vermeer.

However Vermeer’s paintings are more emotional. Vermeer is a master in  creating an atmosphere, the interior being an accessory to help express the feelings he brushes down so delicately.

De Hooch is more precise, making the interior communicate with the exterior by opening doors and windows, using tiled floors to accentuate the perspective. The interior scene an elegant way to allow painting elaborated surroundings.

Before 1660 De Hooch lived in Delft there he painted middle class interior scenes.
When he moved to Amsterdam his clientele being wealthier the interiors reflect this. High ceilings, rich furniture, paintings on the walls, elaborated tapestries and indeed gilt leather

  Pieter de hoogh Merry Company 1664 1-19-10

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Theses paintings were painted around 1664

Fred

Gilt Leather collection at John Nelson Inc Miami (part 2)

•02/05/2016 • Leave a Comment

Here than the second part of the collection we have at John nelson Inc Miami,

the first part of the collection as illustrated in an earlier posting was about fully painted gilt leathers designs.

for these designs John went for Silvered backgrounds and light colors.

Fleurance

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Lauderdale

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Faded blue’s on a silvered ground

Marot

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The last one with lesser silver showing

Moncla

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Monochrome and Polychrome

Plaisance

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Verentuil

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Wishes

Fred

 

 

18 century Swedish chair / Silvered Leather / Goldleder / cuir de Cordoue

•18/04/2016 • Leave a Comment

Another venture between Lages AB and Lutson,

 with at the center of attention this 18th century chair

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Abondance full polychrome on a silvered ground.

Wishes

Fred

Gilt leather for contemporary eclectic interiors

•28/03/2016 • Leave a Comment

At Lutson we are known for our gilt leather reproductions.

Even though interior designers are our main clientèle.

What we try to do is to adapt this ancient craft to the demands of the designers,

this with out denaturing the essence of the craft.

And not loosing our soul in the whole process.

At the occasion of Maison & Object I had a long meeting with our Miami distributor

John Nelson http://jnelsoninc.com

John in the company of Holly Hunt

At his request we made a set of samples which you can see in his Miami Showroom.

First originality, he asked for some designs for a solid painted background no metallic showing

combined with a mastered “ton sur ton” painting

 Here two Almohadon panels for the collection

The arches around the shelves have been painted in metallic oil paint

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The already popular design Eve from the Brinkmann Collections by Lutson.

Also a solid painted background, the embossed ornaments were painted

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The Lauderdale fully painted as well

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Soon to come the other samples ordered by John Nelson.

All this and so much more to be seen in John’s Miami showroom

As Always

Fred

Gilt Leather At Levens Hall, cuir de cordoue, goudleer, guadamecies, kinkarakawa

•26/02/2016 • Leave a Comment

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Gilt Leather at Levens Hall

The Parrot Panel .

In the late eighties we were introduced to Michael Abbott who became our UK agent, a real gentleman and one of these few without whom we wouldn’t be around making gilt leather any longer.

Shortly after we met, Michael introduced us to a famous Pimlico Road antiques dealer and decorator, the man himself a nonchalant, laid-back, aristocratic aura.
The showroom, loaded with a mix of unusual objects and top antiques, a harmonious, calculated, masculine chaos.

All things I like. To me an interior has to have the three A’s, Antiques Art Architecture without these its … complicated to make something interesting, imposing or even joyful. Imposing as I believe one becomes humble and relax in the presence a genial mix of the three A’s.

We were asked to reproduce a design which he had in his archives, having agreed on terms we went happily to work.
Once the mould ready, cast in bronze and impossible to handle. The modest production started.
It was the first time we set eyes on this design, but than again there are so many designs dating from this period. And research in these days was …..well different, not with the click of the mouse !

When supplied, part of the panels were used to line the walls of the showroom window. No pictures available, yet for us something never to forget.

Working on the archive material provided by our client we noted some irregularities in the background ornament, so far so good.

Later we came across this design as it appeared in an article about a restoration of the ancient gilt leather of the Deanery in Zele Belgium a small town nearby our hometown Ghent.

A closer examination of the design in Zele allowed us to conclude that it was not only the same design but that the leathers were printed on the same mould as they have same irregularities. Thus originating from the same workshop. Besides this, one could see from the quality of the gilding and the way they were painted that they originate from the same workshop

All well, till this very same design appeared in several English movies and series  , “the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Wives and Daughters and many others all shot at Levens Hall. Stylistically its the same panel from the same workshop, a closer look at the background ornament shows the same marks, they were embossed on the same mould ! http://www.levenshall.co.uk/

 

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Levens Hall gilt leather restored by the Leather Conservation Center Northampton UK

http://www.leatherconservation.org/

Remarkable here is that this design was issued by one gild leather workshop, as we know that some designs were produced by almost all the gilt leather workshops. The quality of the work makes this workshop a good one, this also is to be noted as some workshops were not very much regarding to the quality of their work.

At the end of the day the question that remains is where was this design produced.
Two locations in the UK against one in Flanders do not tell the story.
One thing is for sure, the workshop produced quality leathers.

The reproductions made for the eccentric antiques dealer ? Made in Ghent, Flanders.

 

Parrot 75 X 59 cmThe Parrot Panel reproduction by Lutson

 Left, the original panel, right the reproduction by Lutson

Tulips on Hodsoll panelThe tulips in this panel were painted in two different ways here the other version on a pale gilded ground

 

As Always
Fred

 

Season Wishes

•24/12/2015 • Leave a Comment

Soon we will be in 2016,

  In a few days 2015 will be no more than memories.

At the present time we take good resolutions for the year ahead.

 To all of you readers Lut and I wish you,

a year of good Health, Happiness & Prosperity

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May your good resolutions become reality

as always

Fred

Heerenveen “Tuymelaarhuis” Gilt Leather / Goudleer / Cuir de Cordoue

•19/11/2015 • Leave a Comment

Tuymelaarhuis Heerenveen

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Mr. Wiebren Dijkstra

Hanging onto his paint brush on his shaky scaffold.

Without Wiebren this project would not have seen daylight.

Thank you, Wiebren !

This house goes back to the 16th century and was modified during the course of time,

the last remodeling was around 1750.

It always amazes me to see buildings this old in such good condition, typical northern Europe !

The more you wander to the south the quicker buildings seem to wear.

Our place dates form 1850 and was sort of a ruin already.

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Here the order is well on its way,

the flowers were painted in the 18th century tradition.

The leathers painted and hanging to dry before the antiquing is applied.

The colours and the gilding were made to the customers specifications.

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 Dutch professional magazine Eisma’s published an editorial on the subject.

http://www.schildersvak.nl

It shows the trimming and gluing of the leathers.

A rare opportunity to practice your Dutch….

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Wiebren assited by Pauline Kaan

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The indisputable proof that hanging the leathers is easy and fun !

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A link to Wiebren Dijkstra ‘s site.

http://www.wdijkstra.nl/

Thank you for reading me.

Best Wishes

Fred

Paris – November 13th 2015

•14/11/2015 • 1 Comment

paris 13 Nov

Killed: 129

Injured:  more than 352, amongst them 99 severely injured.

Pray For Paris

Lutson Gilt Leather / Cuir de Cordoue / Cuir Dorés au Salon du Patrimoine

•13/11/2015 • Leave a Comment

  At the Paris show

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in front of the Edo screen, with a baby in the arms….

All paintings from the Modern Lutson collection are to be seen at the Marchand-Mercier showroom

18 rue Saint-Louis en l’ile 75004 (the main street of l’ile St Louis)

on appointment only, call 01 55 42 00 88

Isabelle Husson will show you around her wonderful showroom.

Yours truly.

Fred

Modern Lutson @ Paris Salon du Patrimoine Culturel 2015 part 2

•30/10/2015 • Leave a Comment

Last time I had some trouble uploading two paintings from the “Modern Lutson” Collection

well here they are at last.

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These two will also go to the Paris show.

If you wish you can see some more work on Lut’s Blog

http://luttylux.blogspot.fr

As Always,

Fred

 
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