Jeanne Lanvin’s apartment on 16 rue Barbet-de-Jouy decorated by Armand-Albert Rateau in the 1920s was a lavishly Art Deco styled heaven of femininity.
The strong cornflower blue colour of the silk-upholstered walls was inspired by the skies of a Fra Angelico fresco that Lanvin adored and was later referred to as “Lanvin Blue”. Another symbolic and very personal touch was a daisy motif that Rateau added to a hand embroidered border of white flowers and leaves.
The black and cream marble bathroom filled with hand-crafted details, from the carved sink, the mosaic floor, cast bronze hardware to the most stunning plaster decoration was a true example of Rateau’s passion for eclectic styles of Babylon, Pompeii and ancient Rome as well as his superior skills as a decorator.
Although the entire Jeanne Lanvin's home was taken down in 1965, the complete decoration and furniture of the boudoir, bedroom and bathroom was saved and given to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs by Prince Louis de Polignac where the rooms were lovingly reassembled in 1985 and opened for visitors.