S otheby’s is honored to present A Century of Style: Works from the Collection of Audrey Zauderer. Mrs. Zauderer carefully amassed a collection that reflected her elegant taste and love of decorating. Creatively mixing French 18th Century design aesthetics with Modern art, she crafted several uniquely decorated homes that brought her and her family and friends joy.
9LotPierre-Auguste RenoirPierre-Auguste RenoirBuste de jeune femme à l'épaule nue (Jeune fille à sa toilette)14 December 2020 | Sale price: 1,109,000 USDEstimate: 400,000 – 600,000 USD14 December 2020 | Sale price: 1,109,000 USDImpressionist & Modern Art4–14 December 2020 | 12:00 PM EST | New York
A native New Yorker who called the Upper East Side home, Mrs. Zauderer traveled extensively, and enjoyed bringing back souvenirs in the form of fabrics, wallpaper and fine art. Besides her Park Avenue home, she had homes in Palm Beach, Southampton and Jamaica. A consummate hostess with a keen eye for fashion, her parties were legendary and always included a who’s who of NY and Palm Beach society figures. In a fitting ode to Mrs. Zauderer, Jamaican poet H Lloyd Weston described her abode: “flowers guard your house / with sweet protectiveness— / no finer company / for a gracious hostess”. Mrs. Zauderer’s charitable work was also notable: she volunteered with the Red Cross, Light House International and American Friends of Jamaica, among others and was also a member of the Cornell Counsel at the Presbyterian Hospital until her death at the age of 102.
Anchored by a major Mary Cassatt oil and several paintings and works on paper by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the collection is bursting with color and the joie de vivre that Audrey Zauderer brought to life. A sense of style and elegance permeated Mrs. Zauderer’s collection, which ranged from sparkling landscapes by Gustave Loiseau to whimsical jewelry pieces. Her taste, combined with her connoisseurship, drew her to some remarkable paintings.
Mrs. Zauderer’s collection demonstrates an appreciation for jewelry as an art form. Comprising an impressive emerald and diamond necklace, matching earclips, as well as a sculptural pearl and diamond necklace, the jewels encapsulate her elegant taste and timeless sense of style.
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