In the world of collecting, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman are synonymous with one of the greatest assemblages of French eighteenth century furniture and decorations. During the golden period of postwar American collecting, the Wrightsmans filled their homes on Fifth Avenue in New York, Palm Beach and St. James's Place in London with splendid French furniture, rugs, porcelain, silver and fine art from esteemed European collections, which serendipitously were being dispersed at the time when the couple was building their own collection. Over the years, they, working with legendary decorators Henri Samuel and Stefan Boudin, amassed one of the most impressive private collections in the world. Many objects from that collection - many of which have a royal provenance - are exhibited in the Wrightsman Galleries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The 1984 auction at Sotheby's of the contents of their Palm Beach home was the legendary first opportunity for collectors to obtain great decorative works of flawless provenance from the Wrightsmans' collection. Twenty-six years later, with the closing of the London residence, Sotheby's is extremely privileged to have the opportunity to bring to light still more pieces of this inimitable collection.