Early Life Of AchillesRampley & Co
Panels of Achilles, France, 1779-1782 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Depicting a different moment of the early life of Achilles in each panel, this pocket square takes its design from a decorative scheme for a grand house in Paris by Charles-Louis Clérisseau, now housed in the V&A’s Europe galleries. It was the first French Neoclassical interior to feature ‘grotesques’. It includes vases, medallions and friezes framed by a symmetrical structure. Clérisseau studied in Rome and recorded many ancient monuments. His work influenced the Neoclassical style.
The wonderful thing about printed paintings on pocket squares is that they can produce a number of different effects depending on how they are folded and creates a great topic for conversation once pulled out of the breast pocket.