Commissioned by the legendary New York collector, William H. Vanderbilt, Ready for the Fancy Dress Ball is one of the great achievements of the Belgian artist Alfred Stevens's career. Set in the Chinese Boudoir of Stevens’s own home on the Rue des Martyrs, Paris, this work is a tour de force and a highlight of Sotheby's European Art sale on 22 November in New York.
A look inside the unique lifestyle of one of the world’s most extraordinary and passionate collectors. Robert de Balkany surrounded himself with works of art from the outstanding artists of their time, putting together one of the most important collections of decorative arts and Old Master Paintings ever to appear at auction in France.
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