THE GREAT AND THE…GOODMAN





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Tony Duquette's living room

Tony Duquette’s living room


 
“Jeremiah, your painting of our living room is as I imagined it, much more than my actually seeing it, and that is a talent I admire”

– Richard Rodgers





On the last sun-drenched bank holiday of 2013, two dear friends and kindred spirits were leisurely conversing ad nauseam about interior decoration over a scrumptious, al fresco Italian meal. One of the discussions they had was about the place in the future of hand-drawing paintings in this pixel-saturated, CAD-monkeyed world.

A couple of hours and bottles of Gavi later, entered Jeremiah Goodman and the large and heavy book, Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision that A-Gent of Style picked up from the bookshelves, which incited a passionate conversation about the astonishing career Jeremiah Goodman has had since he started his art now 65-odd years.





Jeremiah, as he is simply known, is the famed watercolour and gouache illustrator of some of the most exclusive enclaves in the world who has been commissioned by an illustrious clientèle ranging from the world of literature and theatre (Edward Albee, Greta Garbo, Sir John Gielgud), music (Richard Rodgers), fashion (Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, Diana Vreeland, Carolina Herrera), art (Cecil Beaton, Pablo Picasso), interior decoration (Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks, Mario Buatta), socialites (the Rothschilds, Betsy Bloomingdale), royalty (The Duchess of Windsor), politics (the Reagans), to name but a few, and more recently influential personas such as Bruce Weber and the Reed-Krakoffs .






His stylish and studied renderings have been published in some of the most distinguished publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, House & Garden, Vogue, Vanity Fair magazines, The New York Times and Interior Design magazine whose covers he illustrated every month for 15 years from 1949 until 1964. He received in 1987 the prestigious Hall of Fame Award in recognition for his contribution in the field of Interior Design. The unstoppable artist – now in his 90s – can be found at his drawing board in his Upper East side apartment every day – working on private commissions but also on commercial assignments for advertisements, catalogues and artworks. Throughout his career, Jeremiah also embarked on numerous furniture design and product design projects such as fabrics and wallpapers.


Greta Garbo's sitting-room

Greta Garbo’s sitting room



Looking at his oeuvre, A-Gent of Style found the enchanting, moody atmosphere and unique air of mysticism that emanate from his plates of artwork compelling. There is such a great sense of emotions, drama and ephemera in each of his watercolours but also depth and movement despite the static nature of this medium. I admire the  way he captures light and shadow and infuse rooms with warmth and personality and consequently bringing them vitality and life.

And the most exciting news is… Jeremiah will be coming to London for Design Week and will be interviewed on the 25th by none other than the amazing Nicky Haslam at the much-anticipated Decorex International 2013 salon. Now that is something not to be missed!


Jeremiah signing Nicky Haslam's Folly de Grandeur

Jeremiah signing Nicky Haslam’s Folly de Grandeur



In the meanwhile, you can purchase his book Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision and buy a selection of his fine paintings in limited edition prints as well as note cards through Dean Rhys Morgan’s, Works on Paper.





Jeremiah’s impressive accomplishment is the living proof and a great reminder that, whilst we should embrace modern technology, there is thankfully still a huge place for traditional, artisanal craftmanship in this mad, fast-paced world.

For now, come and admire with A-Gent of Style the magical and grand world of Jeremiah, slowly, considerately, one plate at a time:






David Hicks's living room

David Hicks’s living room

 

Diana Vreeland's 'Garden in Hell' sitting room

Diana Vreeland’s ‘Garden in Hell’ sitting room

 

The Board room of the Vie-a-Merez, Florida

The Board Room at the Vie-a-Merez, Florida




Little Chalfield, the family home of William Bankier Henderson

Little Chalfield, the family home of William Bankier Henderson

 



Elsa Perretti's bedroom

Elsa Perretti’s bedroom



Edward Robinsons's living room by Frances Ekins

Edward Robinsons’s living room by Frances Ekins

 

Edward Albee's loft

Edward Albee’s loft

 

Sir John Gielgud's sitting room

Sir John Gielgud’s sitting room

 

Tony Duquette's oriental garden

Tony Duquette’s oriental garden




Leonard Stanley's bedroom

Leonard Stanley’s bedroom

 

Cecil Beaton's garden room

Cecil Beaton’s garden room

 

Dorothy and Richard Rogers's living room

Dorothy and Richard Rogers’s living room




Betsy Bloomingdale's living room

Betsy Bloomingdale’s living room

 

The Bedroom of Madame 'X'

The Bedroom of Madame ‘X’

 



Bruce Weber's living room

Bruce Weber’s living room

 

Mr and Mrs Dan Melnick's living room

Mr and Mrs Dan Melnick’s living room

 




Jeremiah Goodman's Goya-inspired bedroom

Jeremiah Goodman’s Goya-inspired bedroom

 



Cecil Beaton's sun room

Cecil Beaton’s sun room

 

French Riviera

French Riviera

 

Reed-Krakoff's living room

Reed-Krakoff’s living room









Carolina Herrera's sitting room

Carolina Herrera’s sitting room




Baron and Baroness de Rothschild's living room, Chateau de Mouton

Baron and Baroness de Rothschild’s living room, Chateau de Mouton

 

Colonel and Lady Jenner's bedroom

Colonel and Lady Jenner’s bedroom


 



Jeremyah Goodman's living room

Jeremiah’s living room

 

Duchess of Windor's country bedroom

Duchess of Windor’s country bedroom

 


Jeremiah’s living room

 


Betsy Bloomingdale's living room

Betsy Bloomingdale’s living room

 

 

NYC 's Lincoln Centre

NYC ‘s Lincoln Centre



Seattle World's Fair

Seattle World’s Fair, 1961

 

Seattle World's Fair, 1961

Seattle World’s Fair, 1961

 

Armani perfume promotion

Armani perfume promotion

 

Stock Exchange, Melbourne

Stock Exchange, Melbourne

 






UNDER THE HAMMER



 

$33.7 million


  is the price of the now most expensive rug but also piece of furniture in the world. The 17th C Clark Sickle-Leaf Persian rug sold at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s carpet and rug auction held by Sotheby’s in New York City this week.

  It therefore knocks off the c.1917 Eileen Gray “Dragons” chair that belonged to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé which sold for $27.8 million at the 2009 Christie’s auction.




What recession?!


JUST BECAUSE: GREEN & BLUE





“Blue and green are never to be seen”

A-Gent of Style proves the old saying wrong in his paean to his favourite colour combination:


Yves Saint Laurent villa in Tangiers

 

Emma Stone

 

Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler

Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler

 

Iznik tiles

 

By Miles Redd

 

David Gandy

 


By Tara Craig at Ensemblier

By Tara Craig for Absolutely Chelsea

 

By Luca Curci

By Luca Curci

 

Pierre Hardy

Pierre Hardy





Marquis d'Afflito (1925) by Tamara de Lempicka

Marquis d’Afflito (1925) by Tamara de Lempicka

 

 

Piotr Kowalski

Piotr Kowalski

 

Queenie

Queenie

 

Chateau de la Goujeonnerie by Les 3 Garcons

 

Jessica Biel




Comme des Garcons



 







Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardins de Majorelle in Marrakech





Beyonce by H&M

Beyonce for H&M

 

By Celerie Kemble




Whistler’s Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery of Art (NYC)

 

‘Blue Mountains and Green Rivers’ silk kimono by Tsuchyia Yoshinori (V&A)

 

Watercolour by Mark Hampton

 

Celine trousers

Celine trousers

 

Madeleine Castaing’s country house

 

Josef Albers’s ‘Homage to the Square’ (1969)





By David Hicks

 

Whistler’s Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery of Art (NYC)



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cantel by van eilk and van der lubbe


Tory Burch's house

Tory Burch’s house

 

‘Boite Ziggurat’ by Oeuffice

 

By David Hicks

 

By Katie Ridder
















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By Katie Ridder

By Katie Ridder

 

Balmain 2013






James Andrew of www.whatisjameswearing.com



Brighton Pavilion

 

By Michelle Nussbaumer

 

By Michael S Smith






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David Kleinberg with Quadrille fabrics









Peony by Katie Ridder

Peony by Katie Ridder

 

Tory Burch’s New York apartment












Tiles by William de Morgan

Tiles by William de Morgan

 

Ubub hanging gardens

 

Princess Michael of Kent, July 2014

Princess Michael of Kent, July 2014
















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