A Love Affair with France: The Elizabeth Stafford Collection, Christie’s New York 1st November 2018

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Mimi Stafford in the Dining Room of her New York apartment. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

I have known of this remarkable collection for nearly two decades and have caught fleeting glimpses of it from time to time in exhibition catalogues and elsewhere, I just wish I could have had the opportunity to meet Mrs Stafford. However, now we have the chance to encounter her and her discerning eye in this sale and some of the more important pictures will appear in specialist sales either just before the 1st November or later in that month.

Claude Lorrain

CLAUDE GELLÉE, CALLED LORRAIN (CHAMPAGNE 1600-1682 ROME landscape with Apollo guarding the herds of Admetus and Mercury stealing them oil on canvas 20 x 27.1/8 in. (50.8 x 68.8 cm.) $700,000 – $1,000,000 Old Masters, October 30 2018 © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

Elizabeth (Mimi) and her husband Frederick collected across a wide spectrum as the 1966-67 exhibition of their collection – “Odyssey of an art collector: unity in diversity -5,000 years of art” – at the Isaac Delgado Museum in New Orleans showed. Indeed in May this year Christie’s sold Brancusi’s La Jeune fille sophistiquée (Nancy Cunard) for US$ 71 million. It had been bought by them from the artist in 1955.

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Mimi Stafford’s Paris apartment. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

Mimi’s abiding passion was the arts of 18th century France and it was this that formed the background to her daily life, first of all in a Maison Jansen designed apartment in Paris’s Avenue Foch and then later in a New York apartment that had been created for Mr and Mrs Robert R Young by Maison Jansen’s legendary Stéphane Boudin. Both apartments were the perfect backdrop for the paintings, porcelain, furniture and drawings she acquired with an unfailing eye. As her daughter E. Alexandra Stafford says in an interview with Christie’s that “the first questions new friends asked when they entered the apartment was how could she live in such a museum? As they hesitated before sitting down on the silk brocade-covered 18th-century gilded chaise à la Reine, she would answer: ‘No problem!’”

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Mimi Stafford’s Paris apartment. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

That, of course, is how it should be as such things were made to be used and I am sure that Mimi Stafford would be excited and delighted that things she loved and cherished will be going on to new owners and enriching their lives.

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The niche in the Stéphane Boudin-designed New York apartment’s salon, or living room, displayed a selection of the Sèvres bleu céleste that forms the core of the porcelain collection — including an oval bottle cooler from the first service made for Louis XV. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

 

Étienne Aubry

ÉTIENNE AUBRY (VERSAILLES 1745-1781 PARIS) ‘La Turque’, presumed portrait of Mademoiselle Duthé Oil on canvas 25 3/8 x 32 in. (64.3 x 81.3 cm.) $300,000 – 500,000 Old Masters, October 30 2018 © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

 

LOT 1229

Lot 1229 A LOUIS XV ENAMELLED GOLD CARNET DE BAL MARKED PARIS, 1773, WITH CHARGE MARK OF JULIEN ALATERRE, 1768-1775, AND DECHARGE MARK OF JEAN-BAPTISTE FOUACHE, 1775-1781 Rectangular with beaded borders, decorated with cornfower blue stripes, one side mounted with a miniature of a lady in white gown with gold embroidery, the other side with a locket of woven hair under a gold script monogram, the hinged cover mounted with gold words SOUVENIR D’AMITIE, interior ftted with gold pencil case 3 æ in. (95 mm.) high $4,000–6,000 © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

 

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Mimi Stafford’s Paris apartment © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

 

LOT 1212

1212 JEAN-AUGUSTE-DOMINIQUE INGRES (MONTAUBAN 1780-1867 PARIS) Portrait of Mrs. Jean-Pierre Granger, née Marie-Jeanne-Catherine Delaigle signed and dated in graphite ‘Ingres/ à Rome 1811’ (lower right) graphite 10 x 7æ in. (25.4 x 19 cm.) $200,000–300,000 © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

 

LOT 1963

Lot 1063 A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED CHINESE PORCELAIN TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA THE PORCELAIN QIANLONG, THE MOUNTS PROBABLY BY ESCALIER DE CRYSTAL, 19TH CENTURY Each with a blue-glazed Chinese porcelain parrot on a rock work base fanked by coral-form ormolu branches. 9æ in. ( 25 cm.) high (2) $7,000–10,000 © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

 

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CAMILLE PISSARRO (1830-1903) Neige, soleil couchant, Eragny signed and dated ‘C. Pissarro 94’ (lower left) oil on canvas 24 x 32 1/2 in. Painted in 1894 $2,000,000-3,000,000 Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, November 2018 © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

 

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Mimi Stafford’s Paris apartment © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

 

LOT 1041

Lot 1041 JEAN-BAPTISTE CHARPENTIER (PARIS 1728-1806) Portrait of a man, traditionally said to be M. Larchey, son-in-law of the painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze, bust-length oil on panel, oval 7æ x 6Ω in. (19.7 x 16.5 cm.) $8,000–12,000 © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

 

Boudin Panel from New York apartment c1959

A panel from a set of boiserie installed by Stephane Boudin, circa 1959, 900 Fifth Avenue, New York City. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Henri Samuel

Henri Samuel: Master of the French Interior

Written by Emily Evans Eerdmans, Foreword by Jacques Grange and Eva Samuel

Rizzoli

 ISBN: 978-0-8478-6186-6

 £57.95

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For someone who described himself as “a twentieth-century eclectic” Henri Samuel’s skill at historic design was truly remarkable. It was an innate skill since his interiors are not readily identifiable because they seamlessly blend the lifestyle, art and antiques of the very wealthy clients who used him, such as the Rothschilds, the Wrightsmans and the Gutfreunds. He learnt his craft with Jansen and Alavoine before setting up on his own when aged sixty-six.

We see the interiors he created for his clients on both sides of the Atlantic and remarkably they look as inviting and usable today as when first created.  He achieved this by acknowledging that however marvellous his clients’ collections may be they were in rooms that were meant to be lived in and so personal items and the occasional modern touch were subtly incorporated into the overall scheme. This is a book which has been long overdue because Henri Samuel certainly deserves to be in the Pantheon of the great interior designers.

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Longford Castle

Longford Castle: The Treasures & The Collectors

Amelia Smith

 ISBN: 9781910787687

Publisher: Unicorn

£40.00

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I first learnt about Longford Castle and some of its treasures in an article in the 1968 Country Life Annual and have wanted to know more about it ever since. Well now both you and I can find out more in this fascinating book which is both well-written and well-illustrated.

 

Dating from Elizabethan times the house was acquired by the Bouverie family in 1717 and the story of how they built up the outstanding art collection which consists of Old Masters and family portraits – think Holbein, Claude, Reynolds and Gainsborough – is skilfully interwoven with the tale of the furnishings and decorations of the castle’s rooms which form the backdrop to the paintings.  It really is a celebration and a history of this great collection and house and is such a delight. It is a book I will return to time and time again!

 

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Design Celebrated!

Clerkenwell Design Week, 24th – 26th May 2016

 

Brewhouse Yard

Brewhouse Yard

For this its seventh edition Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) will be an even more exciting showcase as they have asked the architecture practice OMMX to create a cohesive master plan. It is designed to provide an easier approach to the temporary and established showrooms and an installation trail.  OMMX’s directors – Hikaru Nissanke and Jon Lopez sum it up saying: ‘We have worked collaboratively to realise an ambitious and exciting new chapter in CDW’s history. We are grateful for the organiser’s enlightened approach in continuing to commission young practitioners, their desire to make a lasting contribution and to make design more accessible in this critical part of creative London.’

Carl Hansen & Son

Carl Hansen & Son

Brewhouse Yard will provide the entranceway to the showrooms of Clerkenwell’s new look with a central spine running northwards from Smithfield to Exmouth Market so that visitors can easily find the eight temporary exhibition spaces as well the showrooms.  The show’s sponsors Renault will have environment focused display on Design Fields at the northern end.

Clerkenwell Design Week Map

Clerkenwell Design Week Map

 

Access to the various locations across Clerkenwell is free but it is advisable to register first online at www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com .

 

Camira Fabrics

Camira Fabrics

 

Poltrona Frau Group

Poltrona Frau Group

 

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clerkenwell London

Clerkenwell London

 

BOLON

BOLON

DESIGN: Eric Schmitt and Robert Stadler

Eric Schmitt, Dutko Gallery, 18 Davies Street, London W1, until 14th May 2016

Eric Schmitt Chauffeuse Osselet, 1996 Patinated bronze feet and leather Limited-edition Photo: Sylvain Leurent Courtesy Dutko Gallery

Eric Schmitt
Chauffeuse Osselet, 1996
Patinated bronze feet and leather
Limited-edition
Photo: Sylvain Leurent
Courtesy Dutko Gallery

Eric Schmitt’s elegant furniture, lights and objects evoke the Art Deco period with great élan but remain true to the present day.  He is soon to be justifiably celebrated in a new book which looks at his wonderful creations in detail. I dare you not to be tempted!

Eric Schmitt Sugegasa table lamp, 2013 Polished and lacquered brass and patinated cast steel Limited-edition Courtesy Dutko Gallery

Eric Schmitt
Sugegasa table lamp, 2013
Polished and lacquered brass and patinated cast steel
Limited-edition
Courtesy Dutko Gallery

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Robert Stadler – Cut_Paste, carpenters workshop gallery 3 Albemarle Street, London W1, until 20th May 2016

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ROBERT STADLER – Exhibition View

This exhibition contains three new pieces added to the series launched last year in Paris.  Stadler’s Cut_Paste series reflect the art of building construction by using shapes that evoke discarded pieces found on building sites.  However these are transformed through the materials used into striking, elegant but useful furnishing pieces.  Very moreish indeed.

ROBERT STADLER | CUT_PASTE #9 2015 MARBLE (BIANCO CARRARA, OLIMPO STRIATO, ONYX SMOKE), ALUMINIUM H109 L209 W47 CM / H42.9 L82.3 W18.5 IN LIMITED EDITION OF 8 + 4 AP

ROBERT STADLER | CUT_PASTE #9
2015
MARBLE (BIANCO CARRARA, OLIMPO STRIATO, ONYX SMOKE), ALUMINIUM
H109 L209 W47 CM / H42.9 L82.3 W18.5 IN
LIMITED EDITION OF 8 + 4 AP

http://www.carpentersworkshopgallery.com