Sotheby’s auction of Thomas Molesworth furniture from the Collection of Ruth and Jake Bloom, the largest Molesworth offering in over 20 years, vastly exceeded pre-sale expectations by doubling its high estimate to achieve $2.7 million. Strong bidding illustrated great demand for pieces by this famed designer. To learn more about his distinctive aesthetic that defined the “American West” - watch here.
For Delphine and Reed Krakoff, a house “tells you what it wants to be,” as the designing couple co-wrote in Houses That We Dreamt Of, a book devoted to the residences they filled with their collection of art and design. Now, after decades of acquiring, the Krakoffs have decided to part with some of their holdings in A Collection That We Dreamt Of, a dedicated auction at Sotheby’s (23 May, New York). Ahead of the sale, we celebrate the duo’s exquisite taste by showing the collection in their homes in city and country houses: Manhattan, Paris, East Hampton, New York, and New Canaan, Connecticut. Click ahead to see how the Krakoffs put their personal touch on each of these homes. A Collection That We Dreamt Of: Art and Design From the Homes of Delphine and Reed Krakoff New York | 23 May
In this episode of Masterworks: Expert Voices, discover the story of the Dumont family's historic commission by Jean Royère. The designer is best known for creating works that redefined elegance with their avant-garde form. Featuring some of Royère’s most iconic pieces, such as the ‘L’Ours Polaire’ Sofa and the ‘Etoile’ table, the Dumont commission remained in the same family for over 60 years and will be a highlight of the upcoming Important Design auction on 24 May.
Unwind in style and fix a drink from Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s larger-than-life Grasshopper. The bar, made of Sevres porcelain and polished brass, is a distinctive mixture of high design and household utility. Its only twin was gifted to Queen Elizabeth II and remains in her personal collection today. Lalanne’s Sauterelle will be offered in our Important Design sale on 24 May.
Peer into the mind of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in this Anatomy of an Artwork. One of his most important commissions, these five stained glass windows were designed for Chicago industrialist Avery Coonley and his wife Queene Ferry. The unique combination of vibrant colors and curved shapes marks Wright’s departure from the Prairie School toward a more Modernist aesthetic. Other examples from the Coonley Playhouse reside in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. These five windows will be offered as a highlight in our Important Design sale on 24 May in New York.
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