18 October 2012

Portraits in Time

In the exhibition’s rotunda are, left to right, portraits of writer Pierre Louÿs, collector Count Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac, novelist Marcel Proust, author Maurice Barrès, and artist Paul Baignères. The decor of the show was conceived by interior decorator Jacques Grange and set designer Nathalie Crinière. Photo courtesy of the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent

If you happen to be in Paris over the next few months, it would behoove you to spent some quality time at 5 avenue Marceau, home to the Fondation Pierre Bergé—Yves Saint Laurent.

The foundation's latest exhibition is a evocative multi-room tribute to Belle Époque painter Jacques-Émile Blanche, who served as one of the inspirations for the artist Elstir in Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu.

 To read my take on the show, which opened last week and was decorated by Jacques Grange, click here.

16 October 2012

Splish Splash

The bathroom of British designer David Hicks, at his longtime country house in the English village of Britwell Salome, is reminiscent of a library. Photo courtesy of the estate of David Hicks

When is a bath more than just a place for a thorough scrub? When it's been decorated by Brad Dunning, Nancy Lancaster, Elsie de Wolfe, and, yes, even me.

To read all about it, click here to be swept away to the website of Architectural Digest.

03 October 2012

Mrs. Astor Redux

Brooke Astor in her New York apartment in 1997. Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Last week, Sotheby's sale of Mrs. Vincent Astor's estate brought in $18.8 million. And there's another sale with Brooke Astor provenance in just two days. "Where?" you ask? Click here to learn more.

Merchant Class

The exterior of R. Louis Bofferding's shop in New York City, executed by French artist Pierre Le-Tan.

To read my take on the new website of renowned antiques dealer R. Louis Bofferding, click here.

Remains of the Day

(Left to right) Dressed as a Chinese emperor and his court, Alexis de Redé, Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, his wife, Patricia, and interior decorator Georges Geffroy attend the Beistegui ball in Venice, September 3, 1951. Photo courtesy of the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s.

For the back story behind one of the most spectacular auctions this month, click here.