Jeffrey Bilhuber adds a flourish to de Gournay

Clients can customise the Alchemy collection to personalise their table settings

The Alchemy dinner plate is adorned with sweeps of 24ct “molten” gold
The Alchemy dinner plate is adorned with sweeps of 24ct “molten” gold

De Gournay elevates hand-painted, 18th-century Chinoiserie-inspired wallpapers and fabrics to works of art, and its collection extends to exquisitely painted porcelain that complements its aesthetic. New designs are carefully considered, and Alchemy, its latest custom-made 35-piece dinner service created in collaboration with American interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber, conjures delicate blooms on scalloped tableware.

Each porcelain piece in the collection is hand-painted, hand-gilded and hand-glazed, and the design can be adapted to customer tastes
Each porcelain piece in the collection is hand-painted, hand-gilded and hand-glazed, and the design can be adapted to customer tastes

Bilhuber – whose client list includes Anna Wintour, Hubert de Givenchy and the late, great David Bowie – designed motifs of tulips and wild flowers referencing Dutch still-life paintings for the dinnerware, while sweeps of 22ct “molten” gold add light-catching allure to the collection, which is priced from £32,500 ($45,000) for a six-piece setting.

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The place settings, platters, flatware, jugs and sauceboats are decorated by hand, ensuring no two are the same, while clients can also customise pieces to personalise their collection. “We’ve worked with Jeffrey Bilhuber on several interiors and have long enjoyed his characteristically creative interpretations of de Gournay wallpapers,” says Hannah Cecil Gurney, director of de Gournay and daughter of the company’s founder. “As interest in our porcelain collections grows, we felt his delicate designs warranted further expansion. Our Alchemy collaboration has resulted in a visual symphony in perpetual bloom.”

The six-place setting is priced from £32,500
The six-place setting is priced from £32,500

De Gournay’s studio in Jingdezhen – an area that has been producing porcelain for over 1,000-years and is the birthplace of Imperial Chinese ceramics – hand-paint, gild, glaze and fire the porcelain with meticulous attention to detail. Additional pieces, such as tureens, can be crafted on request.

A selection of dinner plates from de Gournay's Alchemy collection
A selection of dinner plates from de Gournay's Alchemy collection

The Alchemy collection, which was first unveiled at Deco Off during the Paris Design Week in January, will launch at de Gournay’s New York showroom from April 25, and is available at its showrooms worldwide from May.

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