S otheby’s is honoured to present A Celebration of Art Deco: Masterworks from the Collection of Dr. Stephen E. Kelly. The collection is, at its essence, a true celebration of the modernity, sophistication, richness, and aesthetic innovation of the artistic movement that defined the first half of the 20th Century. The impeccable quality of the collection is owed to the unbridled passion and unparalleled connoisseurship of its architect, Dr. Stephen E. Kelly. Over the course of his decades-long career as a leading ophthalmologist on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Dr. Kelly’s love of Art Deco flourished as he sought the highest quality works by such masters as Eileen Gray, Jean Goulden, Armand-Albert Rateau, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, and Jean Dunand, among others. His passion for the material suffused his life and, after retiring from his medical profession, translated into his second career as a gallerist. Beyond his success both in medicine and art, Dr. Kelly was known by all as the consummate gentleman, a philanthropist, and a true and spirited admirer of the arts. His collection celebrates both the very best of Art Deco and the story of a quintessential collector who pursued his life-long passion with great vigor, exacting standards, and integrity. A Celebration of Art Deco: Masterworks from the Collection of Dr. Stephen E. Kelly will be presented across two auctions on December 9 and 10.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Art Deco is not limited to design that furnishes your home — you can wear it, carry it in your pocket, and dine with it. See how a connoisseur brings the sophistication of the Art Deco style to all parts of life with the exciting sale, Linked In — Vintage Accessories for the Modern Man: The Collection of Dr. Stephen E. Kelly.