Catching Up Out and About

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind and while I am just about on my way to Paris (more about that in a minute), I wanted to spend a moment catching up a bit. I’m sure many of you have been watching the record breaking Rockefeller auction at Christie’s. The incredible sales total of $832.6 million set 22 world auction records in all including the highest total for a private collection in history, and the most significant charitable auction ever held. Every single item sold. (You can see my tour of the auction preview with Susanna here.)

Matisse Odalisque at Christies Rockefeller auctionSome of the individual records were – the highest ever for a Matisse – $80,750,000 for the Odalisque, above and the record for a Monet – $84,687,500 for the Nymphéas en fleur, below.

Monet Nympheas en fleur at Rockefeller auction

Diego Rivera’s The Rivals sold for $9,762,500, the highest price for any Latin American Artwork at auction.

Diego Rivera The Rivals at Christie's Rockefeller auction

The Sèvres Marley Rouge porcelain service, commissioned by Napoleon I, went for $1,812,500 – a world auction record for 19th c. porcelain. And the circa 1775 Tobacco Leaf set, below, set a new auction record for a dinner service at $1,152,500.

Tobacco leaf dinner service at Christies Rockefeller auction

More from the Peggy and David Rockefeller collection will be offered in the Magnificent Jewels Sale at Christie’s New York on June 12. A couple favorites included an aquamarine and diamond bracelet by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany’s

Peggy Rockefeller Schlumberger bracelet at Christie's auctionand a fabulous Van Cleef & Arpels peridot and diamond necklace (sold as a set with ring and earrings)

Peggy Rockefeller Van Cleef necklaCe at Christie's auctionI was excited to attend the opening night at KRB for the uber creative Marian McEvoy’s exhibit of leaf collages and corkillage.

Marian McEvoy leaf collage exhibit at KRB

Marian McEvoy corquillage exhibit at KRB

Below, KRB owner Kate Rheinstein Brodsky and Marian. The sale continues through June 30th. For more of Marian’s creative endeavors, you can watch Susanna’s and my At Home with video and Setting the Table with Marian. There’s never enough!

Kate Rheinstein Brodsky and Marian McEvoy

The preview party for the NYBG Garden Art & Antique Show is always a treat and this year, Susanna joined me and we took a little tour of many of the dealers’ booths – you can see it here. I scored a fabulous mirror from David Bell Antiques, below, that will be going with me to Nantucket.

David Bell antiques at NYBG Garden Art & Antique Show

Friend Patrick Mele had a little preview event I attended at his chic Greenwich shop

Patrick Mele shopfor a summer soirée event he’ll be holding next month where you can get everything you need for chic summer style, from caftans and sunglasses to jewelry and accessories – stay tuned!

Patrick Mele store-1

This weekend, Susanna and I traveled out to Long Island to film an At Home With segment with designer Jeffrey Bilhuber. His historic home, below, is brimming with color, pattern and personality.  You can get a sneak peek here – stay tuned for the full video in the next few months.

Jeffrey Bilhuber home via Quintessence

Jeffrey also just debuted his fabulous new “Alchemy” porcelain collection for de Gournay. I attended a marvelous preview in the most spectacular setting a few weeks ago.

Jeffrey Bilhuber porcelain for de Gournay

Talented Cathy Graham did the beautiful flowers.

Jeffrey Bilhuber porcelain collection for de Gournay-2

And now, finally, back to Paris. This week Susanna and I are thrilled to be visiting long time friend (and 3x Quintessence video subject) designer Timothy Corrigan. We will be filming an At Home With segment at his stunning apartment in the city and then we will be heading out to the Loire to capture the “before” of Chateau de Chevallerie, his new country home, below!

Timothy Corrigan Chateau de Chevalleriephoto courtesy of Timothy Corrigan

Timothy Corrigan Chateau du Grand-Luce.jpgYou may remember our visit to Timothy’s previous French country home, Château du Grand-Lucé, above and below.

Chateau du Grand Luce via QuintessenceWe can’t wait to document the chateau and its gardens before Timothy works his magic. You can also visit him at home in Los Angeles and as he shared his best tips for shopping at the flea market in Paris, below. Until next time, follow along on Instagram for the latest updates! A bientôt!

stylish shopping with timothy corrigan via quintessenceall photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence unless otherwise noted

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11 Responses to Catching Up Out and About

  1. Wow.. a triple hitter. Well done!

  2. Heard about the auction, and thanks for posting the arts and jewellery :) Such a view!

  3. Can’t wait to see your château tour!
    Those Rockefeller photos had me drooling.

  4. Clarie says:

    Great great and great again!

  5. Jackie says:

    That peridot necklace belongs in a museum!!! I lust. I will have to again confess. Father is getting tired of hearing how much I covet the life of Stacey Bewkes.

  6. Jackie says:

    And I am so happy to have two of my all time favorites, Marian and Timothy, featured here. They have quite different styles, but both possess very warm and inviting personalities which is infused in their work. Cannot wait to see the new chateau!

  7. LA CONTESSA says:

    OH MY!
    I wish I was in YOUR LUGGAGE To be a FLY on this trip……..NO a LADYBUG!
    SO, did he sell CHATEAU de GRAND LUCE?I remember him saying in a TALK that he had only spent a week out of an entire year there……..
    Well, YOU TWO will have THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!
    I will be GLUED to YOUR INSTAGRAM……….off to watch the VIDEO!
    XX

  8. Marguerite says:

    I knew the waterlilies would be over my budget, but that little Manet of the flowers in the vase with water would have been just the thing! Did Timothy Corrigan sell his first castle?

  9. LA CONTESSA says:

    THE BREAD in the CAREGIVERS APARTMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SWOONING………………..I ADORE THIS MAN!
    XX

  10. franki parde says:

    This is going to be the best summer ever for you two!!! Can’t wait to “tag-along!!” via video!! franki

  11. Cenepk10 says:

    Oh Mah Goodness…. This is possibly THE BEST blog post in ALL the Blogosphere in time memorial !!!! I adore Jeffrey Bilhuber & that was such a treat ! And the art, the jewelry, table settings…. Beyond a feast for my weary soul !!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you

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