Born into French aristocracy, Joy de Rohan Chabot’s family were initially unenthusiastic about her artistic prowess. However, aged twelve, it was agreed she could study in Paris, where she later attended the renowned L’École des Arts Décoratifs on rue Beethoven where she flourished.
Having mastered lacquering and then gilding, she turned her attention to wood-carving, welding and the casting of bronze, metamorphosing slowly from painter to sculptor.
In 1976, she acquired an invitation to visit China – then every much a closed country – to learn about the traditional skill of lacquering. This led to a fifteen-year commission from Régine Zylberberg, owner of the eponymous Régine night-clubs, to decorate night-clubs from San Paolo and Santiago to New York, Paris and London with exuberant murals of jungle scenes and other exotica.
In 1999, her first solo show, ‘La Maison des Illusions’ at the Orangerie de Bagatelle in Paris was a sell-out: a celebration of trompe l’oeil both through her own work and the collaborations she engendered with textile designers, carpet makers and china manufacturers. That in turn led to her first furniture collections, first for Jansen, the legendary Parisian decorating firm, and then for Lanvin. She subsequently held a show of her painted glassware, which was a sell-out and led to Dior commissioning her to paint seven hundred plates for the wedding of Delphine Arnault. Joy has also created a series of specially decorated champagne flutes for the Claude Monet Foundation at Giverny. In 2008, she was given a solo show at the Musée Jacquemart-Andreé in Paris, the first of a living artist, which celebrated her twin passions of nature and the decorative arts.