Sotheby’s is pleased to offer jewelry, fine art, and furniture from the collection of New York fashion couple Bernard and Josephine Chaus throughout the Spring and Fall of 2016.  Pioneers in the realm of women’s sportswear, the pair had an eye for design that extended beyond fashion into the fine and decorative arts.

Leading the collection is a group of Impressionist paintings and sculptures, which will feature prominently in Sotheby’s May and November sales of Impressionist & Modern Art. Including works by Fernand Léger, Aristide Maillol, and Marc Chagall, the collection decorated the Chaus’s tasteful Manhattan townhouse. Designed by Peter Marino in a traditional style befitting the couple’s classic fashion line, the residence was comfortably furnished with timeless fixtures accented by Japanese decor, all to be included in the Collections sale in October.

Sotheby’s Jewelry sale in April will offer a timeless 15-carat diamond ring worn by tastemaker Josephine, a piece perfectly suited to the woman who helped to define classic American style for the active woman in the 1970s and 80s.

Josephine and Bernard Chaus
Josephine and Bernard met in 1973 and traveled together on a year-long motorcycle trip across the United States before going into business as partners in their own fashion company and later marrying. Together, the sartorial duo helped to define classic American style for the active woman by bringing the concept of reasonably priced women’s fashion sportswear to the shelves of all major department stores across America.
Magnificent platinum and diamond ring
Estimate: 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 USD

This 15.37-carat emerald-cut diamond ring is well suited to Josephine’s classic style and tasteful restraint, qualities reflected in the Chaus fashion line itself.
Josephine Chaus
Beyond her elegance and good taste, Josephine is remembered for her significant contributions to the fashion industry. Frank Doroff, vice chairman of Bloomingdale’s, recalled, “I have always admired Josephine’s passion, resiliency and courage. What strikes me the most about Josephine has been her ability to balance her incredible passion for the business with her equally incredible passion and love for her family.”
Fernand Léger, Composition au cheval blanc, 1945.
Estimate: 3,500,000 - 5,000,000 USD

Leading the collection’s offerings in the Impressionist & Modern Art category is a dynamic circus scene by Fernand Léger. Painted in 1945, this painting revisits the motif of the acrobat, exploring the curvature of the human form with the bold lines and saturated colors that characterize Léger’s mature style.
Aristide Maillol, Le Monument à Claude Debussy, 1930.
Estimate: 1,500,000 - 2,500,000 USD

Le Monument à Claude Debussy epitomizes Maillol’s status as a sculptor of the female form. The sculpture was created as a tribute to the French composer Claude Debussy; fittingly, another cast can be found on the grand staircase of the Metropolitan Opera House at New York City's Lincoln Center.
Marc Chagall, Autour de la flûte enchantée, 1965.
Estimate: 500,000 - 700,000 USD

Chagall’s vibrant composition takes as its inspiration a climactic scene from The Magic Flute, one of Mozart’s remarkable operas. Chagall was enchanted by the opera and returned to it time and again; in 1967, he designed the set and costumes for a production of The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Interior of the Chaus residence in the Upper East Side
The Chaus’s townhouse in the Upper East Side, tastefully and traditionally designed by architect Peter Marino. The residence features classic touches such as Adams style moldings, book-lined walls, and French chandeliers juxtaposed seamlessly with Japanese decorative accents. The furniture and decorative arts will be on offer in the Collections sale in October 2016.

Sales Calendar

Magnificent Jewels
19 April | 2:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Exhibition: 14 - 19 April

Prints & Multiples
20 April | 6:00 PM
Exhibition: 17 - 20 April

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale
9 May | 7:00 PM
Exhibition: 29 April - 9 May

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
10 May | 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Exhibition: 29 April - 9 May

Old Masters Evening Sale
6 July | 7:00 PM BST

Important Chinese Art
13 - 14 September

12 October 

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale


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