John Derian Shells and Crustaceans V Decoupage Tray

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

This decoupage tray by John Derian reinterprets a fanciful 18th-century engraving in the Museum's holdings. Franz Michael Regenfuss (German, 1712–1780) was fascinated by exotic natural history specimens, and created an illustrated book of shells and crustaceans upon his relocation to Denmark. There, he won the support of Count Adam Gottlob von Moltke, who had himself amassed an impressive cabinet of shells, and who successfully recommended Regenfuss as engraver to the king. The publication to which the original print belongs became wildly popular thanks to the large scale and finesse of the illustrations; their three-dimensional quality is largely attributed to the skillful application of color, most of which was notably executed by the artist's wife, Margaretha Helena.

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.

This decoupage tray by John Derian reinterprets a fanciful 18th-century engraving in the Museum's holdings. Franz Michael Regenfuss (German, 1712–1780) was fascinated by exotic natural history specimens, and created an illustrated book of shells and crustaceans upon his relocation to Denmark. There, he won the support of Count Adam Gottlob von Moltke, who had himself amassed an impressive cabinet of shells, and who successfully recommended Regenfuss as engraver to the king. The publication to which the original print belongs became wildly popular thanks to the large scale and finesse of the illustrations; their three-dimensional quality is largely attributed to the skillful application of color, most of which was...See More

Details
  • Collage paper under hand-blown glass
  • 8'' x 10 1/2''
  • Wipe clean
  • For decorative use only
  • Handmade in John Derian's New York City studio
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