Fashion Designer Wes Gordon Shops Sotheby's Decorative Arts Collections

An affinity for sophistication and an understanding of craftsmanship – the qualities that define New York-based fashion designer Wes Gordon’s CFDA-nominated line also characterise his keen eye for interiors. Ahead of Sotheby’s auctions Collections: European Decorative Arts and Collections: Silver, Vertu, Ceramics and Russian Works of Art, Gordon shared his favourite objects, why he loves them, and how he would integrate them into his own decor.

Collections: European Decorative Arts
13–14 April | New York

Collections: Silver, Vertu, Ceramics and Russian Works of Art
15 April | New York

Fashion Designer Wes Gordon Shops Sotheby's Decorative Arts Collections

  • A North European Neoclassical Gilt Bronze-Mounted and Marble-Inlaid Mahogany Commode. Estimate $20,000–30,000.
    This is a beautiful piece that I would put off-centre next to a bed. The contrasting colours feel really crisp.”

  • An Italian 18K Gold and Enamel Oval Compact. Estimate $6,500–7,500.
    “I love this little compact because the print is just so beautiful. It would be the most amazing inspiration for a textile.”



     



     

  • A Pair of Italian Rococo Carved, Red-Painted and Parcel-Gilt Armchairs Piedmont. Estimate $20,000–40,000.
    These chairs are fabulous. I like the polka dots, but they would also look great reupholstered in a bright, rich colour.”

  • A Large Russian Silver Tray from the Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna Service. Estimate $9,000–12,000.
    “When I have decorative objects, I usually want them to still be functional in some way. This silver tray is a great example of that. I would put it on a table and use it as a bar cart and keep decanters and glasses on it.”



     

  • A Petitor Marble Centre Table. Estimate $12,000–18,000.
    “I would put this table on the terrace of our apartment. It would be beautiful outside with some modern metal chairs.”

  • A Pair of Large Chelsea Porcelain Hans Sloane Dishes. Estimate $25,000–35,000.
    “I had a total aesthetic reaction to these dishes. They’re from 1755, but feel like they could be brand new. The print is so alive and vibrant it’s like the plants are growing off the plates.

  • Pairs of Neoclassical Candlesticks (Three Separate Lots Shown). Estimate $3,000–5,000 a Pair.
    “I like the idea of all six of these candlesticks displayed together on the dinner table or a sideboard – that would be so pretty.”

  • A Fabergé Varicolour Gold-Mounted Hardstone Egg Box. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    This egg so special and different. I would leave it haphazardly on a pile of books or put it on a coffee table and let people wonder what it is.”



     

  • A George IV Parcel-Gilt, Brass-Mounted, Pewter, Tortoiseshell and Mother of Pearl Inlaid Burr Maple Octagonal Centre Table, Attributed to Morel & Hughes. Estimate $70,000–100,000.
    “There’s something really beautiful about this octagonal table. I like the juxtaposition of the sturdy and the delicate. Those four fragile-looking legs make this piece interesting.”

  • A Massive French Silver Ewer and Basin, Edmond Tétard, Paris. Estimate $4,000–6,000.
    ”The curving lines on these pieces are gorgeous. I was really drawn to the shapes – there’s a classicism and timelessness to them. I’d like to set them on open shelves in the kitchen, one inside the other, or with a huge arrangement of pink tulips.”

  • A Meissen White Tureen and Cover After the Swan Service. Estimate $7,000–10,000.
    “There’s something very modern about this all-white Meissen piece. An artist I love, Arlene Shechet, is doing incredible sculptures with old Meissen molds. We have one of her works and this would be an amazing juxtaposition.”

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