Melody Rose for The Wallace Collection – The Francois Boucher Range
Commissioned by The Wallace Collection to create the fourth in a series of collaborations, the new range of fine bone china and velvet cushions is a celebration of the work of 18th Century rococo painter François Boucher (1703 – 1770 and is based on a selection of the paintings on show in the prestigious gallery
Painted between 1742 and 1753, the range includes designs based on The Rising of the Sun, originally commissioned by Mme Pompadour, To Capture a Cupid, Daphnis and Chloe who also feature in Vivienne Westwood’s celebrated corset top as well as surprise stars from The Pastoral with Bagpipe. In true Melody Rose style, Roseveare has deconstructed the famous artworks and transferred the beauty of their central characters onto a series of tableware and cushions. Reflecting the Rococo flamboyance of the paintings, the bone china plates, teapot, cups and saucers have been given a twist with platinum edged details making them ideal for elegant afternoon tea parties or for simply elevating a favourite brew.
Melody Rose bone china is expertly crafted by a third generation pottery (who also supply the Royal Palaces) in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of English ceramics. Housing some of the finest examples of craftsmanship within its historic collections of Sevres porcelain, The Wallace Collection were drawn to Melody Rose’ high production values and ability to invigorate the traditional into something fresh and new, leading to this exciting partnership.
The two cushion designs feature The Rising of the Sun’s Apollo on one and the Nymph on the other can be bought together or work perfectly on their own. Both are in an shade of ‘Rising Sky Blue’ which has been specially created using a sample of the blue sky in the painting. Each cushion is finished by hand with burnished gold tassels beautifully offsetting the palette of the painting.