Pierre Bergian

Drawing Room of Jayne Wrightsman, 820 Fifth Avenue, New York


While Jayne Wrightman’s taste was universally recognized as exquisite—she was a peerless collector and long served as a trustee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—the society grande dame and philanthropist chose to work with Parisian decorators Maison Jansen upon acquiring her palatial Fifth Avenue home. In fact, Jansen had already started; the apartment’s previous owner, private dealer Renée de Becker, had brought them in. Wrightsman and husband Charles continued with Jansen; upon principal Stephane Boudin’s death, they began working with Henri Samuel, thus beginning a long association. While the bones of the room owe much to Jansen, the decoration—the colors, the upholstery, and most of the furnishings—are Samuel. Shown here is the sprawling 31-foot-by-21-foot drawing room, its intricately carved boiserie acquired from stately European homes.

Height: 30 x Width: 34 cm