February 16, 2010

Christie's Auction: Interiors Style and Spirit, South Kensington London, February 23rd

One of the most delightful experiences I have had as a designer is to participate in auctions worldwide on my client's behalf.  Not only do auctions provide one of kind pieces for my projects, it can also enables my client to build collections.  For me, there is no greater thrill at 6am than to get the call from London or Paris, listen on the phone as the auction gets underway and then actively start to bid on the various lots I'm interested in.  Clients and designers have mixed feelings on antiques, but for this designer, the ability to acquire the "silent witness" to other people's history is quite enchanting.

From time to time, I will give a glimpse into upcoming sales and a few of the pieces that catch my eye, whether it be from a client's shopping list or simply something that I find beautiful or unique.

Coming up on February 23rd in London, Christie's Auction House will be having the Interiors Style and Spirit sale.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

Lot 8, A pair of French Gilt-Bronze and Black Marble Console Tables c. 1965, most certainly desgined by Pierre Delbe of Masion Jansen, Paris

I love these as potential bedside tables or to flank an interior door, perhaps in a hallway or entry.

Lot 44, A pair of chinese jars and covers, 19th Century


Ginger Jars are always great to stand on their own or be converted into lamps.  They're the perfect accent in a conservatory or poolhouse and the color orange, while not rare, is also not too common.

Lot 139, A George III Brass Mounted Ebonised Musical Eight Day Timepiece


The perfect find for my client to give to her husband for his birthday!  It will join a collection of antique clocks and sit perfectly in his study.

Lot 160, A pair of ebonised X frame stools, c. 1900


I think these are great because they offer a lot of versatility: add a velvet cushion and the combination of the velvet and black frame is perfect for a New York City apartment.  Leave the cushion off and the cane seat allows the stool to provide addtional seating in a country home.

Lot 314, A Russian gold and get set miniature travelling inkwell, c. 1900


The perfect accessory on any desktop or bookshelf.

Lot 579, A pair of North Italian painted commodes, 20th Century


Finding "pairs" of painted antique commodes is a lucky day in a design firm.  I like the delicacy of these and think they would work great as bedside tables or in an Orangerie as serving tables and storage.

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