“King of Estate Jewelry” Fred Leighton may be best known for beautifying Hollywood’s elite on the red carpet, but the jeweler also applied the same passion for history and artistry to his Manhattan Residence. The Jeweler’s Eye: The Personal Collection of Fred Leighton brings together five decades worth of Leighton’s belongings, which have largely been unseen by the public. Click ahead to preview the collection’s wide-ranging highlights, which include Art Deco necklaces, Moorish Revival vitrines and Qing dynasty garnitures, among many other treasures. The Jeweler’s Eye: The Personal Collection of Fred Leighton 18 April | New York
Although nearly unknown when it was unexpectedly bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1975, the Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection came to be regarded as one of the finest collections of French and German 18th-century decorative arts ever assembled. Starting in the late 1920s, the couple made many acquisitions together; for decades after her husband's death, Emma Sheafer meticulously added to the holdings with her keen eye and careful connoisseurship. Among the objects being sold from this exceptional collection on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum to benefit its acquisitions fund are fanciful Meissen figures, an ornately carved oak Louis XV style cabinet, and more. Click ahead for a look at these works of prestigious provenance. Collections: European Decorative Arts 27 October | New York
NEW YORK – Known for her sophisticated take on offices for startup companies, interior designer Dani Arps has a reputation for looking to the future while showing an appreciation for fine craftsmanship and influences from the past. “People who appreciate design don’t want what everyone else has,” she says. “In high-end residential nobody wants the same coffee table. In the same way, startups don’t want the same desk.” The New York-based Arps, who teamed up with Sotheby’s and Calico Wallpaper to create inspiring vignettes for the 9 June Collections: European Decorative Arts catalogue, sat down with associate specialist Sara Putterman to discuss her approach to work spaces, where antiques fit in and how to achieve the perfect minimalist look. DANI ARPS. PHOTO: MATTHEW SPROUT.
NEW YORK – Food stylist, photographer, floral designer and recipe developer Judy Kim is living her dream career, one impeccably composed image at a time. Combining her strong background in fashion, unbeatable sense of taste and balance, and naturally sharp eye, Kim is a lifestyle quadruple-threat whose talents have been put to use by Vogue, Canon, Williams Sonoma, Condé Nast Traveler and other top brands. Ahead of Luxe: The Art of the Table we spent an afternoon at Kim's home studio and asked her to style some of her favourite silver and ceramics from the sale with her signature flowers and irresistible treats. Read on to learn more about her process, inspiration and the objects she chose from the sale. JUDY KIM. PHOTOGRAPHER: JULIAN CASSIDY.
NEW YORK – Fine-art photographer Paulette Tavormina, whose work is inspired by Old Master still-life paintings, finds artistry in the details. "Beyond just the beauty, I want the viewer to see as I see, to feel the emotion I feel when a leaf balances just-so and points the eye to the next little narrative that is part of the larger work," says Tavormina. "This beauty all around us is fleeting, and yet can be embedded forever in a perfect moment that is a photograph." For Luxe: The Art of the Table, an upcoming auction featuring silver, European ceramics and 19th century furniture and decorative arts, Tavormina applied her expert eye to styling and creating evocative images with these stunning objects. Read on to discover more about Tavormina's fascinating process and collaboration with Sotheby's. PAULETTE TAVORMINA. PHOTOGRAPHER: BETSY PINOVER SCHIFF.
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