Tag Archives: design auctions

masterworks of art: the mellon collection at sothebys

masterworks of art mellon collection sothebys

Any list of American collectors of great masterworks of art undoubtedly includes the late Paul Mellon (1907-1999) and his recently deceased wife Rachel “Bunny” Mellon (1910-2014). In my view, they were without a doubt our nation’s greatest cultural patrons who … Continue reading

barry friedman at christie’s: high-end contemporary design for sale

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Barry Friedman, one of New York’s premier modern design dealers is retiring and selling part of his extensive contemporary design collection of furniture and art at Christie’s New York over the course of three days starting tomorrow 25 March 2014. … Continue reading

Ico Parisi makes a statement at Phillips London

Finally Italian mid century design is getting the respect it deserves!  For the past few years, we have seen a run up on prices for French art deco and Scandinavian design all while the fruits of the Italians languished in … Continue reading

A quick guide to buying at auction

I was recently interviewed by Ohio-based interior design maven Lisa  M. Smith, principal of the studio Interior Design Factory and founder of the Décor Girl blog, to discuss some tips for buying at auction. As a former insider with the … Continue reading

brooke astor’s world @ sotheby’s

Every few years the big auction houses will score a really great estate, and from the 24-25 September, Sotheby’s New York will be selling property from the estate of the late doyenne of American society, Mrs. Brooke Astor.  These sales … Continue reading

Marcel Coard’s eggshell side table

I’m constantly amazed at the superb quality, marvelous style and inventive materials used by the best French designers of the 1920s and 1930s. Case in point, this gorgeous eggshell, lacquer and chromium side table by Marcel Coard. Everything about this table … Continue reading

“The World of Muriel Brandolini”

A fireplace is often the focal point of a well appointed living room.  But for more than 6 months a year, it can be just a blank void starring back at you.  And no one wants to look at a … Continue reading