The Esteemed Hydra Collection of Pauline Karpidas | Great Collectors

Paris | 30 – 31 October 2023

Pauline Karpidas is one of the art world’s most highly sophisticated and international collectors, with an appreciation of art rooted to her core. Following in the footsteps of Peggy Guggenheim and Dominique de Menil before her, Pauline has surrounded herself with artists and built an extraordinary collection through friendship and collaboration.

This Autumn, Sotheby’s will be offering works from Pauline’s magical home on the Greek island of Hydra. Initially intended as a sanctuary for her family’s summers, Pauline transformed the mansion into a temple to art and design. Through Pauline’s influence, Hydra – an island that has long attracted creatives – became an unparalleled getaway for artists, collectors and curators, who were hosted there for over two decades of unforgettable art-filled weekends. Through collaborations with interior designer Jacques Grange and gallerist David Gill, and having championed the furniture designs of Mattia Bonetti, André Dubreuil, and Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Pauline seamlessly brought together the worlds of high art and functional living in Hydra.

The Evening Auction, taking place in Paris on 30 October, will offer some 40 lots, followed by a Day Sale of around 230 lots. The offering encapsulates the harmonious coexistence of design and contemporary art within Pauline’s world, with a particular focus on the sculpture that was displayed throughout the house and its gardens. Highlights will be exhibited in New York, London and Paris.

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