Christie's announces the spring sale Interiors: New York Visions taking place on June 6, 2018 in New York. The auction encompasses collections from three celebrated style and design icons including The Estate of Kenneth Jay Lane, The Collection of Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, and Robert Couturier: Elements of Style, presenting over 350 lots of decorative art and fine art from their collections. Additionally, over 30 signed pieces of jewellery are being offered from the Kenneth Jay Lane, Inc. Archives including a selection shown at the Rhode Island School of Design exhibition, Fabulous Fakes: Jewelry by Kenneth Jay Lane (2007-08). The full sale will be on view at Christie’s New York June 2-5.
THE ESTATE OF KENNETH JAY LANE | LOTS 1-155
Jewellery designer Kenneth Jay Lane embodied glamour, elegance, and joie de vivre. A self-declared “fabulous fake” and unwavering proponent of fashion as fantasy, he presided over a moment in which the world’s most stylish women chose to adorn themselves in Lane’s bold masterworks of costume jewellery. Lane’s insatiably curious eye allowed him to curate a vision of elegance that extended through to his personal collecting. From the late 1970s, he filled his imposing Stanford White-designed Park Avenue residence with a striking assemblage of treasures, summed-up by Lane’s fanciful phrase: “I always think of myself as living in a tent.”
Surrounded by decorative arts and Orientalist paintings hung salon-style in his double-height living room, Lane inhabited a unique mise-en-scène. Included in the sale are 150 lots from his collection spanning contemporary and 19th century fine art, European and English furniture, continental silver and ceramics, Asian works of art, costume jewellery and memorabilia. The sale will benefit WNET New York Public Media.
Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd were passionate individuals who strove for excellence in their chosen careers. Mr. Scaasi attained acclaim as a couturier who dressed First Ladies, socialites and celebrities for five decades. Mr. Parker climbed the heights of New York’s publishing industry at Charles Scribner & Sons and the Association of American Publishers to work with some of the most celebrated authors of the second half of the 20th century.
Together they collected a diverse group of fine art and decorative art that reflects their intellectual curiosity and exuberant approach to life. Included in the Christie’s sale is a selection of 20th century fine art and sculpture, including works by Louise Nevelson and Paul Jenkins, European furniture and decorative arts, silver and ceramics.