How to Set and Dress a Table | Olympia Irving and Ariadne Irving | Sotheby's


Olympia Irving and Ariadne Irving, daughters of Ian & Carolina, share how they elevate their table setting while walking through their family's selected pieces.

Sotheby’s is pleased to be offering, The Pleasure of Objects: The Ian and Carolina Irving Collection this January during Old Master’s Week.

Objects from this collection were never hidden in cupboards but out on display and always in use. A summer lunch at this East Hampton home was served outside on white tablecloths set with white and gilt silver catching the afternoon sun surrounded by a background of lawns and tall grasses. Dinner inside would be a candle-lit presentation rotating between settings of German 17th century silver-gilt with the emphasis on diamond pattern and repeated hearts one night, to all an English setting the following night, the display centered by a superb, covered cup to a design by William Kent, the food served on plates designed by Robert Adam, while on the wall glinted chargers designed by Pugin.

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