Sophie Coryndon, Float, UK, 2018
Float, a large carved wallhanging, draws inspiration from the unicorn tapestries in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Created in the 1500th century, the tapestries known as millefleurs (meaning a thousand flowers) were woven in many different workshops in Northern France and Flanders. They often included small animals and birds among the flowers. Coryndon’s magnificent work is adorned with hand-tooled flowers and insects that are cast and gilded before being arranged on a deep navy blue wood panel. The individually crafted flowers, leaves and insects are carved to mimic the goldwork embroidery commonly found in church vestments, military costume and wall hangings. The edges of the panel has been carved resembling the tucks and folds of fabric.
Todd Merrill Studio began representing UK artist Sophie Coryndon in 2016. Imaginative and innovative, Coryndon has forged a successful career of combining traditional craftsmanship and specialist finishing techniques in a fine art realm. Often material and process driven, employing multiple disciplines including bronze casting, painting, embroidery, and sculpture, her work has found a large audience with collectors and designers worldwide.
Coryndon spent her formative years working alongside her father at the legendary Coryndon Cabinet Makers in England. Coryndon’s work, inspired by elements of the natural world, is rooted in historical aesthetics. Coryndon especially draws inspiration from the influential the 18th century Neoclassical designer and architect, Robert Adams who was described in his obituary as, “a genius in elegant ornament.” The Adams style incorporated elements of classical Roman design alongside Greek, Byzantine and Baroque styles.
As Coryndon works on a commission basis, custom works may be requested.
Jesomonite, 23.5ct gold leaf, wood
Dimensions: 43h x 98 1/2w inches
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