Melody Rose for The Wallace Collection

Melody Rose Designer Melanie Roseveare has been commissioned by The Wallace Collection to create a timeless range of fine bone china tableware and sumptuous textiles inspired by one of the museum’s superb Old Masters paintings. Melanie chose to reimagine The Temptation of St Hillarion – a 19th Century painting by French artist Dominique-Louis-Féréol Papety – which she felt was in keeping with the Melody Rose charming yet playful signature style.
In the painting, St Hillarion is seen living as a hermit, lying on the ground outside his cave. He appears to subsist on a diet of root vegetables and water which may have caused him to have hallucinations – namely a visit by a topless seductress offering cascading fruits, wine and a sultry look.
Deconstructing the painting and giving it a contemporary twist, Melody Rose celebrates the ‘temptation’ St Hillarion sees in his visions by depicting The Temptress and The Hermit on a range of fine bone china and plump and luxurious velvet cushions in a choice of two bold colours – burnt orange and goblin blue – complete with gold tassels.
The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.

Temptation Velvet Cushions in Goblin Blue

The Temptation of St Hilarion

Temptation teaset

Temptation and The Hermit Small Plate

Temptation Bone China Plate

The Temptation of St Hilarion

Temptation velvet cushions

Temptation at the Wallace Shop