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A curation of over 100 lots of European furniture and decorative art, Chinese furniture and ceramics, 19th-century porcelain and silver, and 20th- and 21st-century works of art will go on sale from Christie's beginning June 15. Treasures of a Storied Manhattan Collection features amazing pieces gathered from the Park Avenue pied-à-terre formerly owned by Ms. Enid A. Haupt, the publisher and one of the greatest patrons of American horticulture. Victoria Tudor, the Specialist and Associate Vice President of Private & Iconic Collections with Christie's, gives insight into this special sale.
"Lots in this sale do not actually come from the collection of Ms. Enid Annenberg Haupt, rather the apartment itself was once owned by the important American philanthropist," says Tudor. "This fact speaks to the current collector's ethos in what they chose to acquire and live with objects, or in this case, real estate with incredible and historical provenance. I believe this characteristic reflects their style and passion and reflects how Enid A. Haupt chose to live as well."
A set of 1800s French wallpaper panels entitled Allegories des arts, possibly by Jacquemart & Bernard after a design by Percier and Fontaine, is just one lot that is an example of the unique finds in this sale. "I love that these aptly reflect the taste of the Empire, that time when there was an incredible shift in design in France and a look back at the past Roman and Greek classics," notes Tudor. "Percier and Fontaine, court architects to Napoleon, Emperor of France, produced renderings and designs for architecture and interior design, memorialize in their 1812 folio entitled Recueil de Décorations Intérieures, from which inspiration for these wallpaper panels is clearly drawn. More than a century later, another great of history, Frances Elkins from America, re-used these panels in a truly iconic commission for Mr. and Mrs. Albert David Lasker in Everett, Illinois. To see these same panels another 100 years later in the beautiful dining room on Park Avenue in New York was an absolute treat."
The collection is a truly diverse one with a Chinese Coromandel screen from the Kangxi period, a Swedish mirror from the early 18th century, and a Charles II Japanese mother-of-pearl cabinet-on-stand are all included. The sale, which is available for preview now, will conclude on July 1.
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