John Derian Ocean Life Decoupage Coaster

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Description

Decorative gifts for the home, inspired by The Met collection.

The marvelous marinescape on this decoupage coaster by John Derian comes from a watercolor in The Met collection. A dazzlingly detailed depiction of an underwater ecosystem, Ocean Life (n.d.) was one of the earliest American submarine illustrations, specifically made for lithographic reproduction. It was a joint endeavor by Christian Schussele (American, b. France, 1824–1879), the first professor of drawing and painting at the historic Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and James M. Sommerville (American, 1825–1899), an artist, physician, amateur naturalist, and Pennsylvania Academy trustee. Somerville collected the featured specimens and lithographed the image for a pamphlet published in Philadelphia in 1859.  

This artful item was crafted exclusively for The Met by New York City–based designer John Derian, who's celebrated for his unique decoupage decorations on hand-blown glass plates, trays, bowls, and more. 

We're pleased to present this item in celebration of Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion. The Costume Institute's spring 2024 exhibition reactivates the sensory capacities of masterworks in The Met collection through first-hand research, conservation analysis, and diverse technologies—from cutting-edge tools, artificial intelligence, and computer-generated imagery to traditional formats of x-rays, video animation, light projection, and soundscapes. Approximately 250 garments and accessories spanning four centuries will be on view, visually united by iconography related to nature, which will serve as a metaphor for the fragility and ephemerality of fashion and a vehicle to examine the cyclical themes of rebirth and renewal. The exhibition will breathe new life into these storied Museum objects through creative and immersive activations designed to convey the smells, sounds, textures, and motions of garments that can no longer directly interact with the body.

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Decorative gifts for the home, inspired by The Met collection.

The marvelous marinescape on this decoupage coaster by John Derian comes from a watercolor in The Met collection. A dazzlingly detailed depiction of an underwater ecosystem, Ocean Life (n.d.) was one of the earliest American submarine illustrations, specifically made for lithographic reproduction. It was a joint endeavor by Christian Schussele (American, b. France, 1824–1879), the first professor of drawing and painting at the historic Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and James M. Sommerville (American, 1825–1899), an artist, physician, amateur naturalist, and Pennsylvania Academy trustee. Somerville collected the featured specimens and lithographed the image for a pamphlet published in Philadelphia in 1859.  ...See More

Details
  • Single coaster
  • Collage paper under hand-blown glass
  • 6'' diam.
  • Wipe clean
  • Handmade in John Derian's New York City studio
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