Frank de Biasi x Christie’s Rockefeller Collection Auction

The next Christie’s collaboration celebrating the upcoming Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection auction is with designer Frank de Biasi. The Christie’s alumnus creatively reimagined the Lobby Gallery at the auction house incorporating items from the sale. A brilliant Mongiardino-like solution for the walls of the blank-box-of-a-space, using a cut and paste collage of Doug and Gene Meyer (Gene is Frank’s partner) wallpapers for Holland and Sherry, set the stage for a stylish interpretation of the collection.

Frank de Biasi designed space at Christie's

Two large cherry blossom filled 17th – 18th c. Asian storage jars flank the entry and a go-with-everything 19th c. Bakshaish carpet anchors the space. Below you can see the clever graphic wallpaper design along with two Milton Avery paintings hung alongside one of a pair of Chinese export reverse mirror paintings. Frank updated the handsome pair of George II armchairs (possibly by Chippendale) with modern cowhide cushions.

Frank de Biasi for Christies NY

The center of the gallery features a classic George III breakfast table accompanied by a set of four north Italian blue and polychrome-painted 18th c. chairs.

Frank de Biasi for Christie's Rockefeller Collection auction 1

I love the beautiful early 19th c. Vienna Porcelain ornithological plates Frank chose. Mixed with Creel and Gow placemats (which I also own and shared here) and sparkling Saint-Louis crystal, he shows how you can give new life to antique pieces.

Frank de Biasi tablesetting for Christie's

You can see that each exquisite handpainted bird vignette is different and coordinates beautifully with the spectacular large 18th c. Strasbourg faience cabbage tureen.

Frank de Biasi placesetting at Christie's

Emphasizing the dining area, a George III breakfront with marvelous detailing holds an assortment of porcelain. In fact this piece and the overall enlightened eclecticism of the room reminded me of Frank and Gene’s apartment – video visit coming later this year!

George III breakfront in Christie's Rockefeller sale

A favorite vignette in the space deftly demonstrates the art of the mix. David and Peggy Rockefeller appreciated and collected art from around the world. Here a fine William and Mary oyster-veneered chest of drawers sits below a Telofomin houseboard (a  decorative tradition among these Papua, New Guinea people) and Japanese artist Kenzo Okada’s abstract expressionist “Night Sunflowers” flanked by a beautifully preserved pair of George II armchairs with 18th c. needlewoork.

Rockefeller Collection picks by Frank de Biasi at Christie's

And to the right, a wonderful Chagall screen sits below Gaugin’s “Fleurs dans un Vase” that was hanging in the Christie’s boardroom for the lunch with Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey with an 18th c. Chinese export famille rose soup tureen on a German steel strong box from the same period – quite the mix!

Chagall screen in Frank de Biasi x Christie's gallery

There are really too many marvelous details to recount here but as a final nod to Frank’s masterful musings is this melding of three (of 6) oils of La Fontaine fables by a follower of Jean-Baptiste Oudry with a gorgeous mid 18th c. Chinese export reverse mirror painting,

Frank de Biasi vignette in Christie's lobby gallery

with Chinese and Japanese pottery sitting on a classic George II penwork side table. Frank’s design for the lobby gallery will remain open through March 23rd, concurrent with Christie’s expansive displays for their Asia Week NY auctions.

Christie's Rockefeller auction curated by Frank de Biasiall photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

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6 Responses to Frank de Biasi x Christie’s Rockefeller Collection Auction

  1. Incredible objects. The Chinese Export figural candleholders on the table are my vision of perfection. Thank you. Mary

  2. Toni Harris says:

    Wonderful examples of perfection.

  3. franki parde says:

    Masterful, INDEED!!! franki

  4. What a wonderful job Frank de Biasi did arranging those treasures! Anyone who thinks “brown furniture” is over is mistaken! Great opportunity to buy it now!

    I adore the painted chairs with the mahogany table! Exquisite!

  5. Jackie says:

    Lovely work. I wish more setting the table videos would magically appear on your youtube channel. Perhaps Frank and Gene would oblige?

  6. Lis says:

    Wonderful post. So visually beautiful and textually informative. Mr. de Biasi did a magnificent job in honoring the collection.
    Thank you for all the work you do bringing us beautiful posts, videos, and the stories behind them.

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