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LEE JOFA GARDEN GLORIES HANDBLOCK – MY SIGNATURE CHINTZ

James Andrew - Lee Jofa

James Andrew – Lee Jofa


Just as my dear friend and legendary interior designer, Mario Buatta, had his signature chintz (i.e., Lee Jofa’s Floral Bouquet), I’m claiming Lee Jofa’s Garden Glories handblock, as mine! Well, don’t worry, this just-offered super-chic chintz is not exclusively mine, but I have become an instant fan, and in fact I’ve already sold it to three different clients! In one instance it’ll be used for curtains in an 1890’s townhouse guest room; in another, on a Louis XVI painted white bergère in a living room here in town; and in another instance, on a pair of Billy Baldwin slipper chairs for a client’s Amagansett beach house—three very different scenarios, but in each setting this versatile print adds a perfect, impossibly fresh jolt of color and pattern.

Lee Jofa's Garden Glories

Lee Jofa’s Garden Glories

Garden Glories Handblock was originally called “Glories of the Garden,” and it was one of Lee Jofa’s most loved hand-blocked designs. Designed by S. Gordon Brown in 1949 with 134 hand blocks, it conjures up fantasies of the most exhuberant English summer garden with lupins, delphinium and tulips—a riot of ravishing color, and offers endless possibilites for creating the most sublime color palettes. By the 1960’s the original hand blocks had deteriorated and the print was transferred to a hand screen, but now thankfully the blocks have been restored and it has been re-introduced as a proper hand blocked chintz with all of the soul and character one expects from a hand-hewn Lee Jofa chintz.

I’m photographed at the Lee Jofa New York Showroom with a club chair upholstered in my signature “Garden Glories” chintz. I’m sporting a Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit cardigan, Tom Ford grey and white linen voile gingham check shirt, pale grey silk pants, tan suede loafers, reading glasses, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

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8 Comments

  1. Danny says:

    Oh James!
    That’s a garden worth visiting- sans secateurs!

    X, D

  2. Dean says:

    Dear James,

    How exquisite. So glad you’re now promoting classic Lee Jofa chintz! One of the old school decorators I trained under always referred to LJ as Arthur H. Lee…I guess the showrooms used to be in buildings along Madison Avenue many years ago, before the arrival of 979 Third…
    Have always loved the Colefax chintzes as well, plus all the other fabulous ones like Rose Cumming…
    Did you ever see the showhouse in Southampton back in the early 80’s when Saunders and Walsh (both gone now) did the little gardeners cottage, and used the now discontinued Brunschwig chintz called “Zinnia” ? It was a sensation! It brought them many new clients, including Anne Ford, Teddy Forstmann, and Koch…!!!
    There is something so wonderfully Edwardian about using a chintz like garden glories on a painted French chair- like a frame on a painting! A sublime and astute tribute to your uber high taste level.
    Cheers!
    Dean

  3. James Andrew says:

    Darling Danny,

    Indeed it is!

    Cheers

    JA

  4. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Dean,

    Yes how divine it must have been- more like London when fabric houses were independent boutiques.

    Do you have photos of the show house- I would love to see.

    Cheers and Many Thanks

    JA

  5. Most of the young people who say they do not care for chintz have never seen a good hand-blocked example of a well-formed design. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a reissue of even more classics.

  6. Dean says:

    James,

    It was published, either in HG or HB – I think it was the old HG
    If I find it I’ll send it! Perhaps Bubbles can do it! 🙂

    XXOO
    Dean

  7. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Devoted Classicist ,

    Yes sadly so many of these fab prints, chintz from France and the UK have all but vanished.

    So I was very excited to see that Lee Jofa has brought this beauty back and hopefully others will follow in their footsteps.

    I think that people need to see these impossibly chic and fresh prints used in new ways.

    Cheers and Many Thanks

    JA

  8. Robert says:

    Oh my James. That beard has got to go. It’s just not you. Does not work with the elegant debonair man about town I’ve read about on your blog. Far too Grizzly Adams (I’m sure you remember that show!). Trim it down. Go for a pencil moustache a al Ronald Colman. Now that’s what I see!

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