Step inside the visionary collection of Miami-based designer Victor Diaz, where the beautiful, decadent, and unexpected meet. From Buccellati candelabra to an anatomical marble bust, Sotheby’s upcoming Life + Curated: The Victor A. Diaz Collection (20 April, New York) offers distinctive works from the classical to the curious. For a look inside this unique collection, click ahead. Life + Curated: The Victor A. Diaz Collection 20 April | New York
With an eye for whimsy and a passion for silver, interior designer Victor Diaz assembled a veritable menagerie of Buccellati animal-shaped sculptures. Sotheby’s upcoming auction Life + Curated: The Victor A Diaz Collection (April 20, New York) features a selection of these delightful creatures, from a pair of penguin wine coolers to an octopus bowl. Click ahead to discover them all. Life + Curated: The Victor A. Diaz Collection 20 April | New York
Sotheby’s upcoming auction Luxe: Art of Design (20–22 April, New York) travels the centuries and continents with an exquisite selection of decorative arts ranging from Chinese export porcelain to post-war design. These unique objects offer myriad possible pairings and combinations to create an eclectic and imaginative interior. To see a few of the many possibilities, click ahead. LUXE: ART OF DESIGN | European Decorative Arts and 20th Century Design 20–22 April 2018 | New York
Jeweller and silversmith Gianmaria Buccellati, who created the striking silver wolf that features in the Importante Orfèvrerie Européenne, Boîtes en Or et Objets de Vitrine sale (12 April, Paris), invented a brand new technique to achieve the animal’s lifelike appearance. The naturalistic rendering of the wolf’s fur was created using a special process which involved each hair being individually soldered. Known as ‘lavorazione a pelo’ or ‘hair-like workmanship’, the technique saw countless silver filaments of varying length and thickness being welded to give the actual appearance of the natural coat to capture fine details such as hair, feathers and different types of skin.
The Importante Orfèvrerie Européenne, Boîtes en Or et Objets de Vitrine sale in Paris on 12 April brings together an array of magnificent creations by some of the most renowned European craftsmen from the past 400 years. A dazzling mix of silver wolves, historic ships and sea-creatures along with intricately crafted candlesticks, teapots and more showcase a masterful combination of imagination and skill. Click ahead to view the slideshow. Importante Orfèvrerie Européenne, Boîtes en Or et Objets de Vitrine 12 April 2018 | Paris
The upcoming sale S.J. Phillips: A Bond Street Legacy, in London on 18 October, includes a number of whimsical items in the shape of animals designed to delight the most distinguished of dinner guests. The origin of animals in drinking and dining culture lies in Europe, particularly the ‘trinkspiels’ or drinking games popular in 16th and 17th-century Germany. Many of the examples in this sale are actually Victorian, a period in which style and fashion drew inspiration from the past. Click ahead to view highlights. S.J. Phillips: A Bond Street Legacy London | 18 October 2017
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
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