On the Block | Bonhams LA - Art and Decor Including the Estate of Gloria Reese

Friday, August 07, 2015 No comments

Over the next few days, we're take everyone on a tour of our favorite semi-affordable things (you know, stuff you could get for less than the cost of a Celine bag) hitting the block at auction houses this fall. First up, Bonhams' Art + Decor Including the Estate of Gloria Reese, August 17 at 9 a.m. PDT.

Manner of Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger
20th Century
A bouquet of mixed flowers in a glass vase 14 x 11in
US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£970 - 1,600


An Art Deco style silvered metal mounted bird's eye maple secrétaire à abbatant
US$ 1,000 - 1,500
£640 - 970

A Shiraz rug
size approximately 5ft. 1in. x 7ft. 9in.
US$ 1,000 - 1,500
£640 - 970

A George Nelson and Associates Basic Cabinet Series Entertainment Cabinet and Speaker
for Knoll & Associates, 1946-1958
US$ 500 - 700
£320 - 450


A Continental parcel gilt mahogany mirror of armorial form
US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£1,300 - 1,900


Albert Gleizes
(French, 1881-1953)
Composition, circa 1922 9 3/8 x 7 3/8in.
US$ 2,500 - 3,500
£1,600 - 2,300
A pictorial Tabriz rug
size approximately 6ft. 8in. x 8ft. 1in.
US$ 1,500 - 2,000
£970 - 1,300

Hoveys' Baby (Staging in the Dakota)

Thursday, August 06, 2015 5 comments
The fact that Porter and I got the opportunity to even step inside the Dakota (the entrance is easily New York's most intimidating. Fire! Gates! Multiple doormen!) makes us giddy; getting to stage an apartment inside it still seems completely unreal. 

This unit, 28AB, used to be two, and now includes three massive rooms - one living and dining area and two others, which we made into bedrooms. Two rooms (the living/dining room and former master bedroom) had floral and leafy wallpaper that had to stay, so we embraced it: This, in our minds, had been the pied-à-terre of a world renown Scandinavian naturalist who adored the building for its history and stone's-throw proximity to the American Museum of Natural History. Yes! (In reality, it belongs to the estate of a very notable television star from the '70s, '80s and '90s).

  We wanted the third room you see here (previously a large office painted a pinky red) to feel completely refreshing and allow the potential owner to walk through the apartment in a progression of light to dark. 

We covered the red walls in Benjamin Moore's lovely peachy white, Onyx White (OC-73), which provided an instant breath of fresh air. With 14-foot ceilings there was ample room for Room and Board's Architecture Bed (this was originally royal blue, but I repainted it with Rustoleum enamel in Almond). We recovered the Eliel Saarinen White Bench with Black and Beige Columns of Leaves Brocade from Mood Home. The pillows are vintage D. Porthault and the linen duvet cover is Ikea's Linblomma (we love these and they're just $80 for the full/queen).

The great geometric side tables are the Tyreso from France & Søn. The flowers are faux from our go-to floral haven CFD in the flower district. 

We took our mom's framed Hermes scarf from our living room and placed it over the working fireplace and flanked it with each of our porcelain cockatiels, Christmas gifts from our Aunt Rita a couple years back.

We used an expensive (it kills me how expensive good shades are) oval mint shade from Just Shades and added a jade leaf finial to an Ikea lamp.

Our dad's oval leather-topped desk also made it in, to sit below an abstract expressionist oil painting that I found in Williamsburg. The chair is from Organic Modernism.

Here you can see the progression into the cozy darkness (and the incredible floors).

The living/dining area was our biggest challenge. Beyond all the wallpaper, the room is dominated by the most massive, heavy fireplace and mantelpiece in the history of fireplaces and mantelpieces. So, we had to choose incredibly simple furniture that wouldn't compete or clash. In a miracle of ebay, we found a meticulous collector of fine, original Danish mid-century furniture in Brooklyn who was selling off a good portion of his collection. We started off with the coffee table and ended up buying the dining room table, the dining chairs, the arm chairs, the JL Moller side chairs and the brass lamp that sits in the other bedroom. 

I've fallen in love with the work of the incredible Aboriginal artist, Tatali Nangala. We were desperate for a large piece of art to fill the main wall, so I painted a version of "Kaarkurutinytja, Lake MacDonald" that belongs to the Museum Victoria.

We found the leather rhino at Erie Basin in Red Hook. The sleek couch is the Cleveland-B from Organic Modernism.

Good omens in the fireplace, it seems.

The former master bedroom needed a major spiff. There was aged wall-to-wall carpet and the back wall was off white, which didn't quite match the leaf wallpaper. To give it some weight and balance, we opted to expose those beautiful floors and go dark with Benjamin Moore's Artichoke. I copied (and tweaked) Sonia Delaunay's Color Rhythm from 1946 to add a "modern" and feminine touch.  

I love these little quartz finials, too; a another feminine detail. 

How fun is Organic Modernism's Flamingo table here in this otherwise very traditional vignette? The little Swedish portrait of a mom and her son from the 1920s is one of my prized possessions and quite lovely in here, I think. 

The kitchen is pretty teeny, but full of mirrors and chrome. We opted to paint it all dark so the objects inside would pop, much like a Dutch still life. 

Below are the official fish eye real estate pics to give you an idea of the full rooms...and some actual historical info: 

Extraordinary opportunity to own a two bedroom, two bath home at the historic Dakota on Central Park West; one of New York City’s finest residential addresses. In addition, this offering presents a very large basement studio with high ceilings and full marble bathroom that could be used as an art or work studio, home office, storage or more. This splendid home is ideally positioned in one of the Avenue’s premier white glove buildings across the street from Central Park and all the best the area has to offer. 

Every residence in this historic building is special and unlike anything else in the city. Apartment 28AB boasts remarkable scale and detail that is truly unique to the Dakota. 

Grand proportions are showcased by over 14-foot ceilings and huge arched windows in every room while keeping the home bright and airy throughout. An expansive formal room creates enough room for both living and entertaining. Elaborate details include blended patterned hardwood floors, two hand-carved wood-burning fireplace mantels with marble hearths, extra tall solid wood doors with original fixtures and etched glass, stunning moldings, original sunburst copper grills, marble window sills, built-in window shutters and contoured window frames. 

Abundant storage has been created by the combination and each bedroom features a full en-suite bathroom; both bathrooms in excellent condition. This remarkable apartment offers an extraordinary opportunity to create a home of your dreams in a superb Upper West Side location in a landmark building. 

The Dakota, is a premier prewar cooperative building located within the Central Park West Historic Area. Truly a unique New York architectural gem and perhaps the most well-known apartment building in Manhattan, its air of elegance and luxury has not changed since its opening in 1884.

For more details, see the full listing for 1 West 72nd Street, Apartment 28AB here.

And here's a peek at what it looked like before: 

Kobayashi Kiyochika's War Stories

Wednesday, July 08, 2015 1 comment

Kobayashi Kiyochika mastered woodblock printing and added elements of the most modern printing techniques and influences from photography, copperplate printing and oil painting to create one of the most contemporary-looking "graphic novels" I've ever seen. He did this...in the 1890s. 

Early in his career, he became the first to master painting the night sky and perfectly captured the modernization of Tokyo in the 1870s and '80s. When the First Sino-Japanese War broke out between his Meiji Japan and Qing Dynasty China in the mid-1890s, he printed up the battles and victories in mind-boggling detail. The Smithsonian's Freer-Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC has all the war tryptics; these images are from there and Google Art Project.

Sakuma, Chief of the Second Legion, 1895

Our Fleet Bombards the Enemy at Talien Bay, c. 1894

The Heroic Commander Hirose, 1904

Imperial Arrival at Shimbashi Station on Triumphal Return from Hiroshima, 1895

Landing at Yeijo Bay, 1895

Our Forces Sink a Chinese Warship in the Yellow Sea, 1894

Illustration of the Attack and Occupation of Tianzhuangtai, 1895

Fierce Battle of Gasan, Attacking Across the Anjo River, 1894

The Japanese Army at Weiheiwei, 1895

The Fall of Chinchow Fort, 1984

Our Elite Forces Capturing the Hoko Islands of Taiwan, 1894

Our Forces Occupy Ryuko Island, 1895

A very Marcel Dzama-looking one: Photographing our Troops Fighting in the Fortress Town, Ninzhuang, 1895

Braving the Snow, Our Troops Capture the Stronghold at Weihaiwei, 1895

Total Occupation of the Hoko Islands, 1895

Landing on Formosa at Midnight, 1895

Naval Battle of Ryojun, 1895


Lieutenant General Yamaji Leading the Second Army on its Landing on the Kinshu Peninsula, November 1894

Negotiations with Peach Envoy Ri Rosyo, 1895