Syrie Maugham

Syrie Maugham

Richard B. Fisher.

London & Dallas. Duckworth. 1978-9. Hardback, dust jacket. 78 pages. 7 colour plates and 32 b&w photographs. 285 x 225mm (11¼ x 8¾"). 0.6kg. 0715613073. English. Very good; some mild sun-fading to jacket, very light wear to top edge, inscribed on front free endpaper, a very good clean and tight copy.

This was the first book to fully examine and illustrate the decorative work of Syrie Maugham. It is now a scarce title. 'Syrie Maugham's 'white revolution' refers not to a social movement but to the major innovation in interior design for which this resourceful and controversial lady was responsible... During the twelve years of her marriage to [Somerset] Maugham, Syrie became one of London's foremost society hostesses and founded a successful and influential decorator's business. The all-white drawing room in the Maugham's house on the King's Road made her name in 1927 and she was sought after in Britain and America for her craquelure furniture and her creative reinstatement of Regency foliage and dolphins. She entertained and decorated for the elite of international café society - not least for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - and her close friends included Lady Mendl, Oggie Lynn, Cecil Beaton, Oliver Messel, and her next-door neighbour and competitor, Lady Sybil Colefax. During the Twenties and Thirties, 'everyone' came to Syrie's glittering parties.' (from the blurb).

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