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Want to be a Modern Day J.P. Morgan?

James Andrew at the Carlton Hobbs Gallery - photo Justin Williams.

There are a few ways to begin creating a room. For instance, one could build slowly, deliberating each step of the way – or, at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, one could simply incorporate an already existing room into one’s construction, or renovation. In fact this approach is not without precedent. But we of course are not suggesting a mass produced prefab — wouldn’t you be appalled if we did? What we are suggesting is something equally doable but infinitely more spectacular.


Enter our friends the super chic Carlton Hobbs Gallery and one of their most unique offerings: a perfectly and entirely intact French 18th century parcel gilt and white painted Library from the Hotel Gaulin, in Dijon!

A historically significant architectural masterpiece attributed to Jerome Marlet (1713-1810), this unaltered and perfectly proportioned volume boasts an outstanding provenance, having once belonged to JP Morgan, Jr., and subsequently the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

If you are looking to have the most supremely sublime office, private library — the bookcases have been likened to those of the Bibliotheque du Roi at Versailles — or you want to create a glorious retreat, one could positively not do better than to inquire at the Carlton Hobbs Gallery regarding this rarest of opportunities.

Library detail.

Reveling in the beauty and perfection of this room (top), I’m wearing an ivory wide wale cashmere corduroy jacket and cream cashmere turtleneck sweater both by Gucci, Alexander McQueen charcoal tweed herringbone cargo style pants, pocket square in gray silk with black polka dots by Turnbull and Asser, Lanvin gray patent and taupe suede sneakers and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.


  1. DeanFarris says:


    Great image of a super designer (you). What could be more sublime than this antique room ? I so enjoy reading about such beauty on WIJW. Thank you !

    Dean *****

  2. Karena says:

    Fabulous you in such an equisite setting!!

    LOve your attire and those floors and bookcases, wow!

    Come enter my giveaway from Empress of the Eye! You will love the interview!


    Art by Karena

  3. jon stone says:

    Perfection! đŸ™‚

  4. Brian Cook says:

    Those pants………

    I need them.


  5. Brad Doty says:

    I am loving the whole ensemble!

  6. The aristocratic Ones says:

    OMG you look great dear James! we love the Carlton Hobbs Gallery!

  7. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Helle Farben stehen Dir sehr gut mein lieber James!



  8. I like the sneakers! HAPPY WEEKEND

  9. James Andrew says:

    Hello Design Elements,

    Thank You! I do like the bit of youthful playfulness a sneaker adds to an ensemble.



  10. Matt says:

    Love winter whites!
    Great outfit James – cheers Matt

  11. Marc de Paris says:

    Very interesting! I shall try to make a research about the HĂ´tel Gaulin in Dijon.


  12. Dear James, thank you so much for this lovely post. And great to see you last week at Carolyne Roehm’s book launch!!! xx

  13. Brent Barrett says:

    Love how the shoes bring the jacket and pants together đŸ˜€

  14. What a lovely room. It is beyond exquisite. This is how faux marbre should be done, just a soft, discreet touch at the baseboards rather than on everything like in the 80s. This is the way the baseboards are done in the Paris salons of Christian Dior. The trophy panels on the bottom cupboard doors are particularly beautiful.

    The only problem with this room is that I can’t think of a residence today that can live up to the quality and beauty. It is so superb that it would make the rest of the home look cheap, vulgar, or too new. Basically, for our times, it deserves to be in a museum, similar to the Wrightsman installations.

    What a pleasure to see.

  15. Doreen Hing says:

    Love the Lanvins, hubs has them in midnight…

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