Auction

Desk for Lauren Bacall

Bonhams will be holding the estate sale for the late Lauren Bacall on March 31st, 2015 in New York City. You can find the complete catalog here. We were happy to find lot 116, which is a desk our founder, Frederick Victoria provided to his friend and client, Ms. Bacall. This is something Mr. Victoria would have called in the "chateau" taste; a provincial piece that reflected a bit more of the Parisian sophistication than your average provincial piece of furniture. The design is one of a few chateau-style desk designs with a superstructure from our archive. Some of these superstructures have open cubby-style openings, leather fronted "cartonnier" style drawers, or as in the case of this design, wooden drawers and doors. 

Image of Victoria & Son desk 38, from the Bacall estate sale at Bonhams, 3.31.2015

Image of Victoria & Son desk 38, from the Bacall estate sale at Bonhams, 3.31.2015

Victoria & Son file image of Desk 38 model

Victoria & Son file image of Desk 38 model

Blue print and reference sketches for Desk 38 from Victoria & Son design archive 

Blue print and reference sketches for Desk 38 from Victoria & Son design archive 

The unfinished brass mount used on the knees of the legs for Desk 38

The unfinished brass mount used on the knees of the legs for Desk 38

The raw brass mount used at the corners of the desk surface

The raw brass mount used at the corners of the desk surface

Desk 38 with a later mounted cabinet in Lauren Bacall's Dakota Apartment

Desk 38 with a later mounted cabinet in Lauren Bacall's Dakota Apartment


Source: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22741/lot/...

The Bunny Mellon Sale at Sotheby's

The forthcoming sale, Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon at Sotheby's, promises to be a rare event for anyone interested in the decorative or fine arts, or simply fine living. Sales like this do not happen very often anymore: the sheer breadth of Mrs. Mellon's collection ranges from Rothko paints to garden tools.  Her collection of porcelains could have a sale in their own right and includes multiple lots of Meissen, Chelsea (a rare red anchor period asparagus tureen lot 483) and at least 4 lots from the rare Longton Hall factory (including two even rarer melon form pieces, lot 388 and lot 443) and many others. The Interiors sale alone will take 5 separate sale sessions at Sotheby's spread over 3 days, with separate sale dates for the "Masterworks" and another for "Jewels and Objects of Vertu."

The other aspect of this sale (sales) which makes it so unique, is that it is a complete "collection" from a collector of a previous era. This very private person, and artist in her own right, assembled such a broad and yet specific range of high quality pieces. Vegetable-form porcelains, garden tools, rare books, fine art, baskets and so on.  I may be wrong, but this type of collector does not exist any longer, or they are at least a critically endangered species. 

We were lucky to every now and then work for Mrs. Mellon through her various decorators over years. Besides lot 337 which is a set of 3 of the original version of the etageres we designed and created initially for Billy Baldwin, below is a low bookcase and chair model we made for Mrs. Mellon, including their reference sketches from our design archive. If you have a chance to visit the sale exhibition, it begins on November 15 for the Interiors portion.  

The reference sketch from the Victoria & Son Design Archive for a side chair made for Mrs. Mellon

The reference sketch from the Victoria & Son Design Archive for a side chair made for Mrs. Mellon

The only photo we have of the chair model made for Mrs. Mellow, in this case the armchair version. 

The only photo we have of the chair model made for Mrs. Mellow, in this case the armchair version. 

Design Archive sketch for a very versatile Louis XV style book table, made by Victoria & Son for Mrs. Mellon

Design Archive sketch for a very versatile Louis XV style book table, made by Victoria & Son for Mrs. Mellon

Not the exact table made for Mrs. Mellon, but the floor model of the design. 

Not the exact table made for Mrs. Mellon, but the floor model of the design.