de Gournay Philosophy

de Gournay is here to help you realise your dreams of a perfect interior. Whether we make a dinner service, an 18th century settee, a Chinoiserie dining room, a Chippendale mirror or a gold-leaf ceiling every person who plays any part in bringing this item to you is employed by and trained by and works full-time for de Gournay. Experts at de Gournay can discuss with you the choice of gesso and bole and the methods of finishing any mirror as they can discuss the minutiae of the types of clay mixtures and methods of glaze application and temperatures of firing of any piece of porcelain or indeed the correct choice of decorative detail and colour for an 18th century hand-painted Chinese wallpaper. It is this immense knowledge right down to the smallest details that is the strength of de Gournay.

de Gournay's preference is for vibrant, balanced and contrasting colours that create an aura of happiness which will allow you to relax and be surrounded by beauty after a hectic day. If you prefer monochromes or muted or autumnal colours our artists will work to ensure the end effect is as perfect as possible - we are the painters using the highest possible skills to help you to realise your dreams and not to impose our taste on our clients. Whatever the scheme, if the realisation is left to de Gournay, our signature attention to detail and quality will always shine through.

Our artisans are artists Our wallpapers, our mirrors, our dinner plates are works of art. They will be sold at auctions in a few hundred years as valuable antiques. Each artist leaves a little bit of his soul in every creation and it is this 'spirit resonance' that distinguishes our work from machine made replicas.

A famous potter in the Ming dynasty was unable to make the porcelain as thin and as light as the emperor had requested and he threw himself into the kiln in despair. We no longer apply the same pressures but we hope that each item we produce represents the ultimate level of striving for perfection that can be achieved by an artist. Each work becomes the embodiment of the artist's spirit and will bring you long-lasting happiness.

No other firm will interpret your dreams with the same painstaking attention to detail and the same level or artistic endeavour over such a range of products as de Gournay. The signature of de Gournay is quality in all aspects of our work. We hope that you enjoy it.