Chanel came upon Chinese Coromandel screens in the early 20th century with her lover, Boy Capel. They conjured up sailing ships, palaces, flowers and birds, intertwined in dramatic gold, carmine and black tones. The designer selected a few of the lacquered enamel boards to line the walls of her Avenue de New-York mansion, others to decorate the Rue Cambon apartment in 1923; to furnish her suite at the Ritz, Paris; and her villa in Lausanne in 1968.
Coromandel screens in Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment, 31 rue Cambon, Paris. Images courtesy of Chanel