Melody Rose x The Wallace Collection – ‘Inspiring Walt Disney’
Have you ever wondered where Walt Disney and Disney animators got their ideas for some of their most beloved animations including the living teacups in Beauty and Beast?
This April 2022, the Wallace Collection will host a new exhibition opening in partnership with The Metropolitan Museum in New York, “Inspiring Walt Disney’ The Animation of the French Decorative Arts. This 5 star block buster exhibition goes behind the scenes and pays homage to Walt Disney’s love of French art, revealing how rococo clocks, paintings and tea sets were drawn into his most famous films.
One of the features in the exhibition is the newly restored 18th-century painting ‘The Swing’ by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, the inspiration behind many Disney Princesses including Elsa of ‘Frozen’ fame. The painting, which hangs in The Wallace Collection, is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Rococo era, and is Fragonard’s best known work.
In 2019 The Wallace Collection launched a ground-breaking conservation and research project aimed to restore five paintings including The Swing — whose once-sparkling surfaces are now obscured by heavy layers of yellowed varnish.
Newly restored, the painting was rehung in the museum in November 2021, following a complex and delicate conservation process. The Swing is one of the most celebrated paintings in French art history and the restoration has revealed fresh vibrancy and detail that shows the artist’s “true genius”.
The timing could not be more perfect. In celebration of the restored painting and just in time for the opening of the Exhibition, the Wallace Collection has commissioned Melody Rose to redesign The Swing fine bone china mug and The Swing Velvet Cushion using the newly restored painting for the design.
About The Swing and The Swing Melody Rose Designs
Melody Rose has been honoured to work with The Wallace Collection for over five years producing a series of ranges for the Museum and its gift shop.
Each range takes inspiration from paintings and objects from the museum’s collection. One of the most exciting projects to date has been ‘The Swing’. Painted in 1767, and notorious at the time for its naughtiness, The Swing’s heroine is a carefree young woman who, whilst being pushed on a swing, kicks off her shoe to give a fawning young admirer a teasing glimpse under her petticoats. In true Melody Rose style, designer Melanie Roseveare has deconstructed the famous artwork and transferred the joie de vivre of its central character onto The Swing mug and cushions.
The Swing cushion is available in Lush Meadow Green velvet and finished with burnished gold tassels beautifully offsetting the palette of the painting.
About The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection is open seven days a week, 10am to 5pm, at Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN.
Tickets for the ‘Inspiring Walt Disney’ exhibition can be purchased here:
The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 – 1806); Les hazards heureux de l’escarpolette (The Swing); France; c. 1767 – 1768
Copyright The Wallace Collection used with permission of The Wallace Collection