Food Stylist and Photographer Judy Kim Sets the Table

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Food stylist, photographer, floral designer and recipe developer Judy Kim is living her dream career, one impeccably composed image at a time. Combining her strong background in fashion, unbeatable sense of taste and balance, and naturally sharp eye, Kim is a lifestyle quadruple-threat whose talents have been put to use by Vogue, Canon, Williams Sonoma, Condé Nast Traveler and other top brands. Ahead of Luxe: The Art of the Table we spent an afternoon at Kim's home studio and asked her to style some of her favourite silver and ceramics from the sale with her signature flowers and irresistible treats. Click ahead to learn more about her process, inspiration and the objects she chose from the sale. –ALEXANDRA OWENS

Luxe: The Art of the Table
26 April | New York

Food Stylist and Photographer Judy Kim Sets the Table

  • PHOTOGRAPHER: JUDY KIM
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    "When this collaboration began to take shape, I knew I wanted to utilize my prop display wall. We created an installation combining my favourite items from the Luxe: The Art of the Table catalogue and my own contemporary pieces."



    Lot 36 . A set of thirty-nine Portuguese silver-plated goblets, late 20th century. Estimate $4,000–6,000.



    Lot 73 . A group of four Staffordshire lead-glazed cream-colored earthenware cauliflower-form teapots and covers. Estimate $5,000–7,000.



    Lot 114 . A Royal Worcester 'Aesthetic Movement' porcelain tea service
    1883. Estimate $1,000–1,500.



    Lot 162 . A set of six George III silver salts, Thomas Heming, London, 1777. Estimate $4,000–6,000.


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    "This wall installation is my favourite vignette. I like the contrast of the formal and informal pieces sitting on raw, unfinished shelving. Highlights are the decadent silver-gilt wine coolers, the colour and texture of the cauliflower teapots, the double spouted teapot, the silver-plated goblets that stand like soldiers and the Christian Dior hammered ramekins."



    Lot 36 . A set of thirty-nine Portuguese silver-plated goblets, late 20th century. Estimate $4,000–6,000.



    Lot 38 . A French silver-plated tureen and twenty-two matching ramekins, Christian Dior, late 20th century. Estimate $3,000–5,000.



    Lot 60 . A set of four George III silver candlesticks, Ebenezer Coker, London, 1762. Estimate $8,000–12,000.



    Lot 73 . A group of four Staffordshire lead-glazed cream-colored earthenware cauliflower-form teapots and covers. Estimate $5,000–7,000.



    Lot 110 . An American silver eight-piece tea and coffee set and matching tray, Redlich & Co., New York, circa 1910. Estimate $5,000–7,000.



    Lot 114 . A Royal Worcester 'Aesthetic Movement' porcelain tea service
    1883. Estimate $1,000–1,500.



    Lot 120 . A Sèvres 'bleu agate'-ground part dinner service. Estimate $15,000–20,000.




    Lot 162 . A set of six George III silver salts, Thomas Heming, London, 1777. Estimate $4,000–6,000.
    Lot 171 . A George I silver five-bottle cruet frame, Samuel Wastell, London, 1721. Estimate $5,000–7,000.



    Lot 180 . A Charles II silver two-handled cup, Sir Thomas Fowles, London, 1678. Estimate $2,500–3,500.



    Lot 213 . A pair of Royal Ducal George IV silver-gilt wine coolers, Robert Garrard I, London, 1816. Estimate $25,000–35,000.


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    "It's no secret to the Sotheby's specialists – this French dinner service was one of my favourites. The pale robin's egg blue colour with the gold detail caught my eye. I was especially fond of the uniquely shaped dishes such as the boat shape."



    Lot 60 . A set of four George III silver candlesticks, Ebenezer Coker, London, 1762. Estimate $8,000–12,000.



    Lot 63 . A pair of George III silver waiters, Richard Rugg I, London, 1765. Estimate $3,000–5,000.



    Lot 117 . A French silver flatware service, Maison Odiot, Paris, early 20th century. Estimate $10,000–15,000.



    Lot 120 . A Sèvres 'bleu agate'-ground part dinner service. Estimate $15,000–20,000.
    Lot 171 . A George I silver five-bottle cruet frame, Samuel Wastell, London, 1721. Estimate $5,000–7,000.

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    "I love the idea of using formal china and flatware every day. I know they are typically reserved for special occasions, but it saddens me that things like this adorable 18th-century cruet would only be used a couple times a year."



    Lot 60 . A set of four George III silver candlesticks, Ebenezer Coker, London, 1762. Estimate $8,000–12,000.



    Lot 63 . A pair of George III silver waiters, Richard Rugg I, London, 1765. Estimate $3,000–5,000.



    Lot 117 . A French silver flatware service, Maison Odiot, Paris, early 20th century. Estimate $10,000–15,000.



    Lot 120 . A Sèvres 'bleu agate'-ground part dinner service. Estimate $15,000–20,000.
    Lot 171 . A George I silver five-bottle cruet frame, Samuel Wastell, London, 1721. Estimate $5,000–7,000.

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    "There were so many beautiful options to pick from while styling this table. Although it was hard to choose, the pieces were surprisingly easy to mix. The silver and silver-gilt details even combined well with my informal drinking glasses and ceramic bowls. The neutral colours paired nicely with the seasonal farm-to-table mâche, plum and radish salad with flatbread."



    Lot 60 . A set of four George III silver candlesticks, Ebenezer Coker, London, 1762. Estimate $8,000–12,000.



    Lot 63 . A pair of George III silver waiters, Richard Rugg I, London, 1765. Estimate $3,000–5,000.



    Lot 117 . A French silver flatware service, Maison Odiot, Paris, early 20th century. Estimate $10,000–15,000.



    Lot 120 . A Sèvres 'bleu agate'-ground part dinner service. Estimate $15,000–20,000.
    Lot 171 . A George I silver five-bottle cruet frame, Samuel Wastell, London, 1721. Estimate $5,000–7,000.

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    "I love how substantial this silver-gilt wine cooler feels, even in a photo. It reminds me of the Wimbledon championship trophy."



    Lot 213 . A pair of Royal Ducal George IV silver-gilt wine coolers, Robert Garrard I, London, 1816. Estimate $25,000–35,000.

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    "I can't resist the simplicity of these silver salts. The subtle leaf tips and small beading at the base are so classic. A perfect example that good design is timeless."



    Lot 162 . A set of six George III silver salts, Thomas Heming, London, 1777. Estimate $4,000–6,000.


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    "I wanted to create a unique bite alongside classic smoked salmon on toast to go with a variety of aperitifs. These potato crisps are tossed with bright pickled herbs such as cilantro, mint and scallion served on beautiful silver waiters. The ornate rims really got my attention."



    Lot 53 . A set of twelve English silver dinner plates, most William Hutton & Sons, Sheffield, 1929-34. Estimate $8,000–12,000.



    Lot 63 . A pair of George III silver waiters, Richard Rugg I, London, 1765. Estimate $3,000–5,000.

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    "These beautiful salts are holding potato crisps that I imagine savouring with a glass of champagne, whisky or a berry cocktail."



    Lot 162 . A set of six George III silver salts, Thomas Heming, London, 1777. Estimate $4,000–6,000.


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    "Inspired by Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette, apple pie and madeleines in lieu of cake and espresso in lieu of tea. I love the mix of the beautiful gold trim tea service, ornate Tiffany & Co. flatware and some of my favourite modern ceramics by Jono Pandolfi."



    Lot 44 . An extensive American silver and parcel-gilt silver Florentine pattern flatware service in original case, Tiffany & Co., New York. Estimate $70,000–100,000.



    Lot 114 . A Royal Worcester 'Aesthetic Movement' porcelain tea service
    1883. Estimate $1,000–1,500.

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    "Although this is a porcelain tea service, I saw the teacups as perfect espresso or Americano cups."



    Lot 44 . An extensive American silver and parcel-gilt silver Florentine pattern flatware service in original case, Tiffany & Co., New York. Estimate $70,000–100,000.



    Lot 114 . A Royal Worcester 'Aesthetic Movement' porcelain tea service
    1883. Estimate $1,000–1,500.

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    "From a distance, this Worcester porcelain tea set has a simple beautiful bluish hue, but the striking geometric designs really caught my attention. A dessert spread of apple pie, madeleines, strawberries and lemon curd served in delicate eggshells – royal title not necessary."



    Lot 44 . An extensive American silver and parcel-gilt silver Florentine pattern flatware service in original case, Tiffany & Co., New York. Estimate $70,000–100,000.



    Lot 114 . A Royal Worcester 'Aesthetic Movement' porcelain tea service
    1883. Estimate $1,000–1,500.

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    "I like the formality of this Tiffany & Co. silver urn in contrast to the contemporary atmosphere filled with travel photos and rustic ceramic pieces I've collected along the way."



    Lot 60 . A set of four George III silver candlesticks, Ebenezer Coker, London, 1762. Estimate $8,000–12,000.



    Lot 99 . An American silver Marine Theme presentation urn, Tiffany & Co., New York, dated 1859. Estimate $7,000–10,000.

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