CINER is famous for its pieces that resemble fine jewelry due to its meticulous
quality of handmade design and multi-casting techniques. At the same time we
have remained committed to American made craftsmanship in an age that
challenges the very notion of artistry and what it means for something to be
handmade. We also have been in business for 123 years — and so when it
came to bringing our website’s spring garden theme to life, we wanted to partner
with a company equally grounded in history and committed to craftsmanship.
De Gournay’s Earlham panel — in pink, emerald green and Chelsea blue on
dyed silk— proved to be the perfect backdrop for our first collection to come to
We worked with de Gournay’s team in NYC to select a design that would eventually become the landing page for our future website. Earlham in particular caught our attention — the design includes varieties of the most revered flowers in Chinese culture, tree peonies, chrysanthemums and plum blossoms.
The source for this particular de Gournay design is a set of panels in the collection of the Victoria & Albert museum in London, dating from the middle of the 18th century. The antique Earlham panels were known to be saved for special occasions, and hung temporarily only for royal visits or important receptions. We felt it quite fitting to use this extraordinary design for such a special occasion — take a peak at some behind the scenes shots of our photo shoot with de Gournay for our first website.