I wanted to share the process of painting my secretary with my Blog friends! This is actually step three. I will show step two next time!
I didn't paint the exterior with Annie Sloan Graphite and Dark Wax until I applied the paintings. I wanted to be certain I would love the color. The Graphite is the color found in the background of Rembrandt van Rijn's paintings, as well as many other Old Masters. I think it is perfect!
I guess we can call the style of this secretary Venetian? Baroque? Florentine? After much research I found many secretaries that inspired me, so I chose characteristics from each that I admired...
Niccolo dell’Abbate, Chimney breast 1552, Château, Écouen, France Painting...
Petite Painted Antique French Louis XVI Ladies Secretary...
This Venetian secretary is stunning! I actually got the idea for the panels when I noticed how lovely the painting looked next to it in this photo!
This color combination was an inspiration.
Though I love this panel from an 18TH century French secretary, I really don't have the time to copy it!
I was also inspired by this Dutch Baroque inlaid walnut secretary cabinet. It sold for $77,000!
They are calling this a Venetian, Rococo, Baroque secretary. I love the details and even considered applying acrylic mirror panels to the doors of my own, until I came to my senses! It was challenging enough to cut the posters to shape!
The exterior paintings are (L) Birth of the Sun by Corrado Giaquinto, (R)Triumph of the Seasons by Baldassarre and The Triumph of Flora (Bottom), by Nicholas Poussin.
The entire piece will be painted in Annie Sloan Graphite and the trim, including the finials will be Old White.
This putti is five inches across...it will go near the crown. I may apply a convex mirror under it but I don't have one here. Once all the paint and decoupage is done I can look for a suitable mirror if I decide it needs one! I am still recuperating from the cost of the torch finials on ebay!
I think Annie Sloan Aubusson with Dark Wax for the interior.
These posters are reproductions of allegorical paintings entitled Spring and Autumn, respectively, by Christian Bernhard Rode.
As you may have guessed, I chose a garden theme. The secretary is in the corner of the Breakfast Room and the paintings are great conversation starters. It faces the Sunroom and the back gardens.
I cherish your opinions! What do you think of these choices?