Interior Inspiration from Dani Arps and Calico Wallpaper

Launch Slideshow

Sotheby’s Furniture & Decorative Arts has teamed up with Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper and interior designer Dani Arps to create inspiring vignettes for our 9 June Collections: European Decorative Arts catalogue. Calico’s practice is informed by the centuries-old craft of paper marbling, but their designs are entirely contemporary. We were inspired by the connection between Calico’s high level of craftsmanship and the top quality pieces of furniture from the 17th to the 19th century on offer at Sotheby’s. Arps, who often incorporates Calico Wallpaper into her projects, is known for designing unique workspaces for start-ups in New York. Arps brought her lively yet minimal aesthetic to reimagine how to decorate with antiques. Click ahead to explore how antiques and modern interior design can mix to create a fresh, new look. –SARA PUTTERMAN

Collections: European Decorative Arts
9 June | New York

Interior Inspiration from Dani Arps and Calico Wallpaper

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    This Genoese console table is based on a design by the painter Lorenzo de Ferrari and executed by the carver Filippo Maria Mongiardino. It is an exquisite piece of Genoese craftsmanship.


    An early Louis XV giltwood mirror second quarter 18th century. Estimate $8,000–12,000.


    Two pairs of decorative spheres on stands. Estimate $5,000–7,000.


    An Italian Rococo giltwood console table, attributed to Filippo Maria Mongiardino, after a design by Lorenzo de Ferrari Genoa, second quarter 18th century. Estimate $20,000–35,000.


    A pair of Louis XV carved giltwood fauteuils mid-18th century, stamped E. Meunier. Estimate $6,000–9,000.

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    Prisoners of war during the Napoleonic Wars created a barter economy by creating and selling carved bone pieces. The guillotine, which was probably made by a French prisoner in England, even has a pulley mechanism to make the guillotine work.


    A French Prisoner-of-War bone model of a guillotine, early 19th century. Estimate $20,000–30,000.  

    A French Prisoner-of-War carved bone watch hutch, early 19th century. Estimate $5,000–7,000.


    An Arkhangelsk carved, engraved and painted bone casket with a picture frame and spinning jenny. Estimate $1,500–2,500.

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    This impeccably carved giltwood side table might have been created circa 1745, but the palm fronds and the scrolling foliage take on a new life when placed against Calico wallpaper.


    A George II giltwood side table, circa 1745. Estimate $20,000–30,000.  

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    An incredibly rare and unusual form, this Sicilian bureau features stunningly detailed red and gold lacquer.


    An Italian red and gilt lacquer bureau Sicily, third quarter 18th century. Estimate $70,000–100,000.  

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    This set of thirteen chairs and a settee are broken up into three separate lots, but are shown as one suite against Calico’s Inverted Spaces wallpaper. The suite was exhibited in the Rijksmuseum in 1929.


    A set of six Louis XVI grey-painted and parcel-gilt fauteuils circa 1770, five stamped JFM Langon. Estimate $12,000–18,000.  


    A set of four Louis XVI grey-painted and parcel-gilt fauteuils, circa 1770. Estimate $10,000–15,000.  


    A pair of Louis XVI grey-painted and parcel-gilt fauteuils with a settee, circa 1770. Estimate $8,000–12,000.

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    The bombé form of these commodes may seem simple, but coupled with their unique four-tier drawer arrangement, chic proportions and luxurious mahogany, they are anything but.


    A George III style cut glass eight-light chandelier. Estimate $8,000–12,000.  


    A near pair of George III mahogany bombé commodes, circa 1770. Estimate $20,000–30,000.


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    This hand-painted floral bookcase is not your grandma’s bookcase when paired with Calico’s Inverted Spaces wallpaper.


    A George II polychrome-painted bureau bookcase. Estimate $12,000–18,000.  

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    This single chair shows the carving skill of its maker, Louis-Charles Carpentier, with its delicate cabriole legs and swirling armrests.


    A Louis XV giltwood fauteuil mid-18th century, signed L.C. Carpentier. Estimate $7,000–10,000.


    A pair of George III giltwood mirrors, circa 1790. Estimate $12,000–18,000.


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    Each chair in this set of twelve is inlaid with a different Greco-Roman motif, including a Pegasus, a lyre and a mask among others.


    A German Neoclassical mahogany dining table early 19th century. Estimate $6,000–9,000.


    A set of twelve North European ebony-inlaid mahogany dining chairs circa 1815. Estimate $12,000–18,000.  

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    This pair of skeletal giltwood chair frames look like sculptures against this Tabriz carpet.


    A pair of Louis XVI giltwood fauteuil frames circa 1785. Estimate $12,000–15,000.


    A Tabriz carpet, Northwest Perisa. Estimate $30,000–50,000.

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    A terrestrial and a celestial globe evoke a similar feeling of wanderlust as the swirling Calico wallpaper behind them.


    A pair of English 21-inch celestial and terrestrial globes by J&W Cary on Regency mahogany stands. Estimate $20,000–30,000.  

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    This impressive pair of figural torchères come to life against the modern backdrop of Calico’s dramatic Satori wallpaper.


    Attributed to Henri Dasson, French, 1825-1896, A pair of Louis XVI style gilt and patinated bronze ten-light figural torchères, France, late 19th century, after the models by Jean-Joseph Foucou. Estimate $20,000–25,000.


    Attributed to François Linke, A Transitional style gilt bronze-mounted satinwood and amaranth woven parquetry cabinet, France, 19th Century. Estimate $6,000–8,000.


    A Louis XVI style carved giltwood five-piece salon suite, France, early 20th century. Estimate $6,000–8,000.

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    A miniature and a large Venetian red lacquer bookcase make a dramatic pairing against Calico’s Satori wallpaper.


    A Venetian red lacquer and arte povera bureau bookcase circa 1720. Estimate $50,000–80,000.


    A Venetian Rococo red and gilt japanned miniature bureau cabinet 18th century and later. Estimate $2,500–3,500.


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