St Leger & Viney: The Signature Wallpaper of GP & J Baker
GP And J Baker fabrics, founded by brothers George Percival and James Baker, for well over a century have produced beautiful fabrics for the interiors market. Many of the print and weave designs in the collection have been adapted from the privately owned textile archive, and explore today’s transitional tastes and colours. Today you can find the latest signature wallpaper available locally through St Leger & Viney.
Here we take a look at the wallpaper on offer:
This enduring GP & J Baker classic was created exclusively for the company by the renowned British textile designer William Turner in 1915. A Ming dynasty (15th – 16th century) painting on a silk panel in the British Museum was his inspiration for this design of drooping lotus leaves and birds contrasting the patient stillness of the egret with the quick decisive movements of the kingfisher.
“Ferns” was created by the textile artist Joseph M. Doran and purchased by GP & J Baker in 1935. The design is based on botanical drawings published in Curtis’ ‘Flora Londinensis’ between 1777 and 1798 which was a record of plants growing within a ten mile radius of London.
Peony & Blossom:
A spectacular trailing floral design of magnolia and peony blossoms entwined with blossom trails and interposed with captivating birds, dragonflies and butterflies. Skilfully re-interpreted from an early 19th century Chinese wallpaper, this charming design was drawn from several panels in a “Chinese Room” of a house in St Paul’s Cray, Kent.
During the late 1920s and 1930s, the abstraction of natural forms became fashionable and designers began to concentrate purely on line. ‘California’ originally called ‘Modern’ was designed in 1928 by the GP & J Baker studio probably inspired by the 1925 L’Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industrials Modernes held in Paris. The stylised exotic flowers and leaves of this beautiful design provide a perfect example of 20th century modernism.
A homage to the decorative inlay work of the Art Deco designer, Jean Durand, the architectural form of this fretwork is emphasized by a contrasting outline.
Inspired by the symmetrical patterns of French parterre gardens, which became fashionable in England from the early 17th century, this design is reminiscent of their formality with its interesting geometric layout.
A small scale geometric trellis, although having a distinct graphic pattern, has a certain fluidity in the movement of its interlocking design.
Echoing the natural beauty of grasscloth, this subtle design with softly delineated horizontal strands is a distinctive and stylish wallcovering complementing both classic and contemporary interiors.
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