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The World of Madeleine Castaing
Written by Emily Evans Eerdmans, Preface by Frederic Castaing, Foreword by Jacques Grange
About This Book
The inimitable style of renowned French interior designer Madeleine Castaing, chronicled in-depth for the first time. While many were drumming to the beat of modernism in the early- and mid-twentieth century, French antiquaire and decorator Madeleine Castaing created her own look that was a unique blend of neoclassicism, Proustian romanticism, and pure wit. Her distinctive aesthetic vision has inspired tastemakers on both sides of the Atlantic, and her devotees—both then and now—are legion. Ocelot carpeting, opaline blue, "coolie" lampshades, and an eclectic mix of neoclassical furnishings ranging from English Regency to Napoleon III all formed part of the vocabulary of "le style Castaing." This lavishly illustrated volume—the first on her work—explores in-depth the elements of her style, and examines how she crafted interiors so emotive that visitors felt that they had stepped into a Balzac novel or a Proustian recollection. Her entire life and career are chronicled, from her early years in Montparnasse, the epicenter of artistic activity in Paris, to her incomparable country house Lèves and her legendary shop on rue Jacob in Paris.
About the Author
Emily Evans Eerdmans received her master’s degree in fine and decorative arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, and has pursued her passion for antique furniture while working for Partridge Fine Arts, Devenish, and Hyde Park Antiques in New York. She has written articles for the Furniture History Journal and Connoisseur’s Quarterly. Her previous books include Classic English Design and Antiques and Regency Redux.