Archive for the ‘1st dibs’ Category

With Valentine’s Day just a week away, I thought you might enjoy a post filled with all things pink, red and romantic! How about a glass of pink champagne or maybe a Laduree raspberry macaroon? Wishing you a glorious weekend!

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Nikolay Krusser

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Paolo Roversi

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Paul Costello

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Sarah Jessica Parker photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue

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Tim Street-Porter

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Chanel ~ Fall/Winter 2012/13 Haute Couture Show

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Pieter Estersohn

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Sasha Pivovarova photographed by Mario Testino

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Melanie Acevedo

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 Nikolay Krusser

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Tria Giovan

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Miguel Flores-Vianna

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Dominique Vorillon

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Street Style ~ Fashion Week January 2013 via Elbows & Knees

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William Waldron

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Paolo Roversi

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William Waldron for Elle Decor

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Simon Upton for Elle Decor

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The sublime photographs in today’s post are from the 1st dibs photo archive…these seven gifted artists, each with a unique perspective, effortlessly capture the elegance and emotion of our interior world…each image is a rare perfection of light, color, and composition…I feel transported…bathed in light and beauty

Tim Street-Porter

Pieter Estersohn

Melanie Acevedo

Tria Giovan

Miguel Flores-Vianna

William Abranowicz

Paul Costello

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above, Pair of 18th century French Fauteuils with Oval Back, France, upholstered in charcoal silk-velvet

Yesterday, while researching Bergeres, I re-discovered Antony Todd’s 1st dibs storefront…much to my delight, there are many new pieces I had not seen before along with some old favorites that brought back wonderful memories of my visit to his Manhattan store, Antony Todd Home

Prior to that unforgettable trip, I poured over his creations, studying the details of his interiors and reflecting on why they speak so strongly to my aesthetic…whether from the pages of Elle Decor or from his own website, I felt connected to his stories and to the expressive photos of his home that would be forever etched in my mind…but nothing could have prepared me for the emotional reaction I had that moment I stepped through the front door of his Manhattan store…maybe it’s because I was finally living what I had deeply admired for so many years…his ideas and his eye fully realized in a tangible environment filled with his spirit and energy…it was an immediate release of awe and excitement mixed with a few uncontrollable tears…from his signature Klismo chairs to the drop dead gorgeous pair of 1920s bronze consoles, I was in heaven…it is an afternoon I will never forget

Today’s post is my way of sharing that moment with you…I realize, all I can offer you are these images and my story, but as you scroll through, try to imagine being there…the smell of a delicious candle, the soft texture of a silk velvet, the intricate beauty of a hand embroidered pillow…his eye for mixing graceful antiques with global treasures is refreshingly modern yet somehow uniquely timeless…I do hope you enjoy this trip to Antony Todd Home! May you be inspired!

below, Pair of 1970s French Oak Ornaments

“To bring something new and original to his event clients, Todd began designing his own furniture and accessories. Now, he scans the globe for chic vintage furniture, altering the finishes, upholstery and proportions to improve their function, comfort and style. The result is a carefully edited lifestyle collection sold exclusively at his New York and Istanbul stores, as well as on 1stdibs.com. The store provides the ideal venue for an ever-evolving display of his much admired personal style. Organized into furnished vignettes, the store defines the aesthetic premise for the Antony Todd lifestyle brand: an affinity for classic forms, whether antique or modern, and large blocks of color, so that the finished result appears timeless.” ~ from the Antony Todd website

below, Pair of Victorian Slipper Chairs, United Kingdom, 19th century, upholstered in black waxed linen

below, Large Vintage Turkish Hand Embroidered Cushion, Turkey, 20th century

below, Pair of 18th century Chinese Imperial Dragon Bowls

below, English Rosewood Library Reading Chair, England, 19th century

below, Large Hand Embroidered Cushions with Pomegranate Motif, Turkey, 20th century

below, Louis XVI Style Brown Velvet Fauteuils, France

below, Early 18th century standing Budda, China

below, Victorian Gilded Stool, England, 19th century

below, 19th century Asian Wooden Trays

below, French Ebonized Leather Desk Chair with Bronze Details, 19th century

below, Large Red Lacquer Offering Bowl with Top and Inside tray, China, 19th century

below, Harlequin Set of Twelve French Dining Chairs in Grey Linen, France, 18th & 19th century ~ two sets of chairs with painted frames and grey linen upholstery, unique set of twelve (six of each)

below, English Round Mahogany Pedestal Table, England, 19th century

below, Pair of 1960s French Plaster Table Lamps

below, English Settee Upholstered in Waxed Brown Linen, 19th century

below, Articulated French Table Lamp, 20th century

below, Antony Todd Collection, Silk Velvet Cushion

below, Moon Shaped Chair, France, 20th century

below, French Candlestick Holders, 20th century

below, Parchment Table Lamp by Antony Todd

below, Antique Ebonized Flemish Mirror

below, Parsons Style Coffee Table in Beige & Grey Parchment

below, 1960s Saddle Chairs Upholstered in Cappuccino Suede, France

below, Large Syrian wall sconces, 19th century, inlaid with tortoise shell, mother of pearl and bone

below, Klismo style sitting chairs, 21st century

below, Oak stools, France, 19th century

below, Large Table, Belgium, 21st century

below, 21st century handblown glass tabouret or vase, Belgium

below, Desk chair, France, 19th century

below, Antony Todd Armless Sofa

below, Pair of Bronze Consoles, 1920s

photos from 1st dibs

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To conclude my week long journey with Robert Couturier, I thought I would post some of my favorites from his 1st dibs Saturday Shopping guide. For those of you unfamiliar with 1st dibs Saturday Shopping, liken it to shopping the worlds finest antiques stores with the most sought after designers around the globe. What would Miles Redd or Bunny Williams choose if they had the entire Paris Flea market at their fingertips? Every week we have the privilege of shopping with the elite and this past Saturday was Robert Couturier! I couldn’t wait to see what he had chosen from Paris Flea Market, Art Deco and Garden! Of the ten categories and 91 pieces he selected, I’m sharing with you my top twelve. What a remarkable adventure this has been for me and what a fun filled way to end the week ~ shopping the world with the one and only Robert Couturier! Thanks for coming along for the ride!

above and below, Italian Travertine Center Table in the Baroque Style, Italy, 1940s-50s, price contact dealer ~ Jonathan Burden LLC

The circular top on a spiral form pedestal on a plinth base. The table is of unpolished travertine. Note: Can be used outside.

below, Two 1970s lamps in gilt wrought iron with new shades, France, price $2,965 ~  1st dibs Paris

below, Suite of Six Pieces By Carlo Bugatti ~ Milord Antiquities

Turin, Italy ~ circa 1900, price $155,000

Rare and important suite of six pieces of furniture by Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) comprising a writing desk, a center table, a settee and three chairs all in walnut and ebonized wood, inlaid with pewter, copper, brass and bone, fitted with hammered copper reliefs and upholstered with vellum. Turin, Italy circa 1902.

Carlo Bugatti was a famous designer active at the turn of the century. His pieces are rare and highly prized. He was the father of Rembrandt Bugatti who was a renowned sculptor, his work is also highly valuable and very rare since he died at 32. Ettore Bugatti, his other son founded the Bugatti Motor Car Company.

Provenance: purchased from the descendants of the original owners – a Romanian family. The pieces were purchased directly from the Carlo Bugatti workshop in 1902. All the pieces bare the export stamp from Bucharest.

below, A Pair of Italian Giltwood Armchairs, Italy, Circa 1760, price $50,150 ~ Mallet

A pair of Genoese carved walnut giltwood fauteuils in the English taste with shaped backs enriched with raised foliate carving and carved ribbon at the centre of the top rail. The scroll arms are fluted and carved with beading and further foliate ornament. The chairs stand on cabriole legs and have a serpentine front rail. Each element is carved with further beading and low relief foliate swags.

below, Two 1960s Coffee Tables with base in gilt and burnished bronze and top surface in mirror by Maison Ramsay, France 1960s ~ 1st dibs Paris

below, Pair Carl Malmsten fauteuils design for Princess Margaretha, Sweden 1919, price $12,000 ~ B4 20th Century Design

Elegant pair of carved birch fauteuils designed by Carl Malmsten for the Swedish Princess Margaretha’s wedding to Prince Axel of Denmark in 1919. This pair produced by Bodafors SMF circa 1930, Art Deco. Newly restored and upholstered.
below, Fine Terra-cotta Flora, France, circa 1840, price $25,000 ~ Barbara Israel Garden Antiques
A fine terra-cotta figure of Flora, partially draped, holding a basket of flowers.
Figure underwent all-over conservation treatment. Old repairs of concrete and plaster were removed and repaired anew. Arms and flower basket were reinforced; reinforcement rod inserted in head and torso. Surface repatinated. Structurally sound and stable. Overall condition good.
below, A good pair of Matthew Boulton wine coolers, England, Circa 1815, price $9,500 ~ Daniel Stein Antiques, Inc.
A pair of old Sheffield Campana form wine coolers with leafy bracket handles by Matthew Boulton with engraved armorial and gadrooned rim. Stamped 1 and 2.
Circa 1815.
below, Art Deco tray and accessories, France 1940, price $1,500 ~ Pascal Boyer Gallery
Silver plated set with Macassar handles
below, Early 19th Century Indian Solid Marble Table, India, price contact dealer ~ Jonathan Burden LLC
The top carved with a leaf-carved edge and pierced dot design. The table supported by a center pedestal on a raised three sided base. The table from a Mughal palace in India. Note: Can go inside or outside
below, Pair of Etruscan Revival Steel Lounge Chairs, United States 1980s, price $4,400 ~ David Bell antiques
Wonderful pair of Etruscan Revival steel lounge chairs – can be used indoors or outdoors, covered in oatmeal colored linen. Chairs are exceptionally well made, with great heft, of solid cast steel with seamless construction and attention to detail. They have acquired a wonderful aged patina from being used outdoors. Strong rectilinear, sculptural form.
below, Carved Marble Bench, England, circa 1900, price $7,500 ~ Barbara Israel Garden Antiques
An exceptional carved marble bench with grapevine motif on the edge of the slab top and birds with outstretched wings on the supports.
photos and resources, 1st dibs.com

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