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One of the Southern Accent’s prettiest bedrooms. I love the touches of blue – and I especially the collection of framed intaglios. Designer Jackye Lanham framed the collection of intaglios on some type of blue matting, which in turn makes the intaglios the focal point of the room.
I love intaglios – of all kinds, whether they are in jewelry or hanging on the walls. Intaglio is like a cameo, except the carving is inside the stone, not outside like the cameo. This brooch’s setting is from year 1000, while the stone intaglio comes from the year 337! The setting is gold with pearls while the intaglio is a blue sapphire.
Here, jeweler Elizabeth Locke shows a similar intaglio brooch – made for today. Locke tends to use a lot of intaglios in her designs.
One way to keep intaglios is shown above. Today, most intaglios are framed and then hung. This collection of antique intaglios are mounted in a book box which is for sale on 1st Dibs. The intaglios date from the early 1800s. Most antique intaglios are from the 18th century and are mementos collected during a grand tour of Europe. The carvings depict classical Greek and Roman sculpture, as well as subjects of famous paintings. Today, intaglios are still being made and many of the framed sets are actually new reproductions – as the antiques are exceedingly rare and expensive.
In this painting, you can a few intaglios that are shown hanging on the walls – not framed. I love this painting – the carved hall chair, the piece of masonware hanging on the wall, the oval mirror, the ironstone, the portiere, the easel and the book, the busts above the door – many things that are still used in decor today!
Here is a living room showing a grouping of framed intaglios surrounding a Louis Philippe mirror. Many times, numerous framed intaglios are hung together over sofas, as shown here.
Here Phoebe Howard used a collection of intaglios framed on blue matting to match the quilt.
I took this picture at Shabby Slips in Austin – two small intaglios on taupe are just the right touch above these twin beds. Those bed skirts are delicious!!
Betty Burgess used a large collection of intaglios to cover the walls of this dining room. Simply framed on white matting – with one intaglio per frame – the effect is stunning.
At Hanham Court in England, a large collection of intaglios are framed. Judging by the antiques in this room, I would assume these intaglios are all antique, not reproductions. At a recent Christie’s auction of Hanham Court items, these intaglios sold for over $3,000.
I think intaglios look especially pretty next to grays and Swedish furniture. Here, these framed intaglios are on deep blue mats which bring out the blues in the gray painted corner cabinet. So pretty!
High contrast – in a brown and white bedroom, these intaglios are framed on dark brown matting. Here, many different shapes are used to create a symmetrical design.
In this Houston powder room, two sets of intaglios hang on a side wall.
These intaglios are hanging together over a buffet creating a very symmetrical vignette.
Yes, intaglios can be framed and hung in a contemporary style.
I love the way these are hung in front of a bookshelves. So pretty!
All different sizes of intaglios are together in this vignette.
Last year, blogger Things That Inspire written by Holly Street – started, with a friend, a new business, Quatrefoil Designs HERE. They sell all different kinds of things – but their main focus is on framed intaglios. Today, Holly has graciously offered a framed intaglio as a giveaway!! In this picture of Holly’s dining room, she has hung a collection of 8 of her framed intaglios. Holly and her husband are in the middle of building a new house. I can’t wait to see where she will put her collection in her new house.
Blogger Gina from Willow Decor bought a set of framed intaglios from Quatrefoil for her music room. I love her antique Swedish furniture mixed with the intaglios. Soooo perfect and beautiful! HERE.
Jeanette, from the blog A Passion For Home HERE, is starting a collection of intaglios from Quatrefoil Design. She bought two “Joni I’s” – yes, inspired by moi. Jeanette is planning to add to her collection over time- which is a great idea if you are unable to buy an entire collection at once!!
Quatrefoil sells these square framed intaglios, called the La Petite. Quatrefoil’s frames come in gold, silver, and gliver – a combination of the two.
This arrangement can be purchased in these sizes – called “The Holly Grouping.”
This client of mine had a very narrow main hallway – too narrow for furniture. Instead, we hung a set of custom sized Quatrefoil intaglios. Today, this arrangement is called the “Cote de Texas Grouping.”
Here’s a closeup of my client’s frames. This is the “Cote de Texas Grouping.”
Quatrefoil Design has generously denoted a choice of the Joni I or II intaglio, or the Charlotte intaglio, framed.
From the Quatrefoil web site:
“Inspired by a design from Joni of Cote de Texas, our newest offering is sophisticated and beautiful with two intaglios and a close cropped mat to emphasize the beauty of the form. It can be hung alone, and also looks beautiful with the slight variation in the Joni I.” Value $360.00
“Five reproduction intaglios in a beautiful design that we call "Charlotte." Intaglios are framed in a custom designed, hand rubbed frame in your choice of gold (pictured) with cream matboard or silver with medium gray inner matboard, light gray outer matboard.” $295.00 value
TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
To enter – simple go to the Quatrefoil Design web site HERE and look around at all their merchandise for sale. Come back, leave a comment about which item for sale that you particularly like. That’s all!! Once you have visited the web site and left a comment here, you will be entered in the giveaway.
Contest ends this Friday night at 11:59 p.m.