|Mark Birley started collected paintings at a young age then installed them at his club, Annabele's. www.annabels.co.uk/home|
|He also collected witty cartoons and used them at one of his clubs|
|Malcolm Forbes started his Faberge collection early. Shown here is his son Christopher on the right.|
The first Fabergé egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who decided to give his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna, an Easter Egg in 1885, possibly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. It is believed that the Tsar’s inspiration for the piece was an egg owned by the Empress’s aunt, Princess Wilhelmine Marie of Denmark, which had captivated Maria’s imagination in her childhood. Known as the Hen Egg, it is crafted from gold. Its opaque white enameled ‘shell’ opens to reveal its first surprise, a matte yellow gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multi-coloured gold hen that also opens. It contains a minute diamond replica of the Imperial Crown from which a small ruby pendant was suspended. Unfortunately, these last two surprises have been lost.
Empress Maria was so delighted by this gift that Alexander appointed Fabergé a ‘goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’. He commissioned another egg the following year. After that, Peter Carl Fabergé, who headed the House, was apparently given complete freedom for future Imperial Easter Eggs, as from this date their designs become more elaborate. According to the Fabergé family tradition, not even the Tsar knew what form they would take: the only requirement was that each one should contain a surprise. Following the death of Alexander III on November 1, 1894, his son presented a Fabergé egg to both his wife, the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, and to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna.
|You may have some old family pieces to begin a collection|
|The obelisk symbolized the sun god Ra.|
|A group of prints that have a common theme makes a great wall.|
|The sterling silver mounted coconut cups are so hard to find..if you find one, let me know! An antique Silver mounted carved coconut cup with cast ball and claw feet can be found on eBay right now for a little more the $1000.|
|The Duchess of Windsor had lots of collections..she is especially known for her jewelry which the Duke would often reconfigure.|
|One of Ralph Lauren's desks with his tartanware..he loves classic automobiles too! www.ralphlauren.com|
|Design a case for your collection like this couple did for their oriental sculptures|
|Another case designed to showcase a collection|
|Axel Vervoordt collects it all. I love the way he prepared the powdered wall for the display. www.axel-vervoordt.com|
|Luggage is necessary and looks great piled up..I have used my great-grandfather's old Louis Vuitton trunk as a coffee table.|
|Carolyn Roehm loves the blue and white www.carolynroehm.com|
|Mexican silver milagro flaming hearts ex-votos are fabulous!!|
|Chinese Armorial Porcelain by David Sanctuary Howard (Dec 1974) www.amazon.com|
|A collection of Chinese heraldic porcelain in a elegant traditional home.|
|At Chateau de Groussay, Charles de Beistegui spent his life collecting .|
He wanted an interior that looked as if it had been improved by several generations living in and loving the house.
|It is hard to tell in this photograph if these are Meissen, Dresden, or something of similar quality..they would also look great on your dining room table. should you start a serious collection, I found a Mr. Davies located at Christies Fine Art Services in London. |
|Reticulated creamware plates arranged on white corbels looks fresh.|
|This is Charlotte Moss' collection..they look so good on a Thanksgiving table. www.charlottemoss.com|
|Indian pots, arrowheads, and kachina dolls are regional collectables for the southwestern states.|
|Charlotte Moss collects a lot..she frames these vintage Vogue magazine for her powder room.what fun!! I also collect Flair back copies from the 1950's. That is the most remarkable magazine to me!|
|I built my kitchen to cook and to display my antique teapots and English porcelain.|
|Another view of my kitchen display|
|For the younger crowd..try wine corks or wine labels..then display them in your bar area.|
|Great memories captured in simple mementos..need a display|
|Baron de Rede at L'Hotel Lambert had his artist friends like Salvador Dali sign and draw on his beautifully leather bound books that he collected|
|Baron de Rede also collected many interesting friends now his guest book is priceless|
Baron de Redé was a committed aesthete. In 1949, he moved into the ground floor of the 17th century Hôtel Lambert on the Île Saint-Louis in Paris and restored the building and its décor.
Role as host
The baron was described as "the Eugene de Rastignac of modern Paris" by Sir Henry 'Chips' Channon and as "the best host in all Europe"; his parties were famous.
Rédé's Hôtel Lambert dinner parties were at the center of le tout Paris. Philippe Jullian described the world of Lopez-Willshaw and Redé as like a small 18th-century court: Members of the circle included the poet and patron of the Surrealists, Marie-Laure de Noailles (1902–70); such musicians as Henri Sauguet, Georges Auric, and Francis Poulenc; and the artist Christian Berard. Important influences were the interior decorators Georges Geffroy and Victor Grandpierre. Cecil Beaton photographed Nina Ricci's costumes for "the elegant aesthete" at the sensational 1951 Bal oriental given by his friend Carlos de Beistegui at his Venetian palace, the Palazzo Labia.
In 1956, at Alexis de Redé's Bal des Têtes, young Yves Saint-Laurent provided many of the headdresses—the Duchess of Windsor being one of the judges—and received a boost to his career. When Diana Vreeland heard of the plans for Redé's upcoming Bal oriental, to be given on 5 December 1969, she promptly contacted the Baron expressing her interest in having the event photographed by Vogue. The guest list was the creme de la creme of the international high society, with such attendees as Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Marie-Hélène de Rothschild.
|When price is no object and only the best will do there is............|
|Above items are from this years show|
|Then in the summer hop off to Paris for the Biennale des Antiquaires|
|I fell in love with the matching earrings last year...Oh well..|
|Martha French Roberts just sent me the following fabulous photos of collections..inspiring!!|
|More Carolyn Roehm..what a collector she is!!|
|Fun painted sand pails can be found on www.ebay.com|
|The following are going to be auctioned at Bonhams in the Silver Objects of Verdu on February 15th. You can register online. www.bonhams.com|
|A Victorian hunting horn 1874, the estimated selling price is between 500 to 800 in pound sterling|
|On February 7th Bonham's is having a Period Design auction. The 18th century carved putto may fetch between 700 to 1000 pound sterling|
|In Bonham's February 15th sale is the 1886 Vesta case|
|Many English silhouettes will be in Bonham's February 15th sale|