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James Archer Abbott. New York. Acanthus Press. 2006. Hardback, dust jacket. 324 pages. Over 300 illustrations in colour and b&w. 315 x 265mm (12½ x 10½"). 2.2kg. 0926494333. English. Fine; as new, in shrink-wrap.'Patronized by princes and millionaires, captains of industry, leaders of international society, and an occasional dictator, Maison Jansen was the most famous and influential interior decorating house of the 20th century. This landmark study, illustrated with over 300 colour and duotone photographs and drawings, documents the evolution of Maison Jansen (1880-1989), from Paris-based decorating firm to the global enterprise. Jansen showcases 30 of the company's most alluring commissions, including rooms for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Shah and Shahbanou of Iran, and President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, for whom Jansen renovated and redecorated the White House - illustrating what became the internationally recognized "Jansen look": a skillful melding of 18th century palace historicism, 1920s Hollywood theatrics, and country house subtleties.' (from the publisher's description).