Lunch with Martha Stewart & Kevin Sharkey at Christie’s

Martha Stewart, Kevin Sharkey, Christie's Rockefeller auction

While the latest nor’easter blew through with a vengeance last week, causing event cancelations and delays, I was delighted to still be able to attend a marvelous luncheon at Christie’s hosted by chairman Marc Porter and Martha Stewart with co-author Kevin Sharkey, celebrating their new book, Martha’s Flowers, and the upcoming Peggy & David Rockefeller Collection auction.

Kevin Sharkey and Martha Stewartphoto above courtesy of Christie’s

Coordinating with the much-anticipated sale coming in May at Christie’s, Kevin created six spectacular floral arrangements incorporating porcelain pieces from the legendary collection. But even before entering the dining room we were greeted by several gorgeous bouquets.

Kevin Sharkey arrangement at Martha Stewart Christie's lunch

Kevin worked with Dutch Flower Line who helped him obtain exquisite fresh flowers from around the world. My table featured a lush springlike arrangement of tulips, daffodils, sweet peas and mimosas in a Derby porcelain botanical part dessert service, circa 1795.

1795 Derby porcelain from the Rockefeller collection at Christie's Martha Stewart lunch

1795 Derby porcelain detail from the Rockefeller collection at Christie's Martha Stewart lunch

The striped tulips were so very beautiful with their variegated colors.

striped tulips in Kevin Sharkey arrangement at Martha Stewart Christie's lunch

An Asian themed tablescape with a bonsai at the center included Chinese Export Famille Rose porcelain circa 1770.

Chinese export tablescape by Kevin Sharkey at Martha Stewart Christie's lunch

My favorite aspect may have been these Chinese Export Famille Rose Court Lady candleholders Kevin so delicately repurposed with single ranunculus.

Chinese export famille rose candleholders at Martha Stewart lunch at Christie's

It was marvelous how each table was so different and here Kevin lay a series of pretty hellebores in early 19th century Viennese coffee cups on the table surrounding a rather amazing reticulated citrus basket and underplate.

Kevin Sharkey hellebores arrangement at Martha Stewart lunch at Christies lunch

In this arrangement, a low textural mix of lavender and green with dusty miller, muscari, clematis and artichokes was divided into two antique Worcester vessels.

Kevin Sharkey arrangement in antique Worcester at Christie's Martha Stewart lunchThe crested dessert service, from 1807-13, includes faux marble ground plates with shell themes.

Rockefeller collection antique Worcester at Christie'sIn a lovely Leeds circa 1780 creamware monogrammed soup tureen, Kevin arranged an unusual variety of flowers, remarkably pairing them with the colorations of the 18th century Meissen and Chelsea porcelain duck boxes and tureens.

Kevin Sharkey floral arrangement in Leeds tureen at Martha Stewart Christie's lunchAnd lastly, at Martha’s table, Kevin created a ravishing arrangement of tulips, poppies, lilacs, iris, anemones and ranunculus to echo the beautiful William “Quaker” Pegg illustrated Derby botanical plates, included in a part dinner and dessert service circa 1815.

Kevin Sharkey floral arrangement with antique Derby porcelain at Christie's Martha Stewart lunch

Kevin Sharkey floral arrangement with 1815 Derby porcelain at Christie's Martha Stewart lunch

The delicious luncheon menu was designed by Martha, inspired by several of David Rockefeller’s favorite meals that they enjoyed together in Maine.

menu at Martha Stewart Christie's lunchCatered by Martha’s personal chef, Pierre Schaedelin of PS Tailored Events, it included wines from Martha Stewart Wine Co.. Starting with oysters Rockefeller naturally,

oysters Rockefeller at Christie's Martha Stewart lunch

the main course, a lobster salad was named after the Rockefeller estate in Maine, Ringing Point.

lobster salad at Christie's Martha Stewart lunch

Dessert was meringue with strawberries (David evidently loved fraises des bois) and whipped cream which had us all ready for spring.

Meringue with strawberries at Martha Stewart Christie's lunchDuring the meal, Christie’s Chairman Marc Porter chatted with Martha and Kevin about their inspiration for the book, tips on growing and arranging flowers as well as memories of Martha’s friendship (and shared meals) with David Rockefeller, who was her neighbor in Maine. The room was hung with an assortment of floral themed paintings from the Rockefeller Collection that will be in the auction, from a 1917 Kirchner, below,

Rockefeller Collection Kirchner featured in Christie's auction

to Paul Gaugin’s Fleurs dans un vase from 1886

Rockefeller Collection Gaugin painting featured in Christie's auctionRockefeller Collection Gaugin painting featured in Christie's auction

to this lovely Renoir, Vase d’anémones from 1892

Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection Renoir in Christie's auction

to Paul Klee’s Herbstblätter Straus from 1930.

Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection Paul Klee in Christie's auctionall photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence unless otherwise indicated

What a wonderful creative collaboration, celebrating the beauty of art and flowers as well as friendship and philanthropy. Stay tuned for more coming about this historic sale and be sure to check out Martha’s and Kevin’s new book for planting, growing, gathering and enjoying flowers, featuring arrangements Kevin created using Martha’s own containers and flowers from her garden!







16 thoughts on “Lunch with Martha Stewart & Kevin Sharkey at Christie’s

  1. What an absolute dream of a luncheon— amazing flowers, incredible china and amazing paintings! A dream of an afternoon 🌟

  2. How spectacular, Stacey! Thank you for giving us this up-close peek into what was certainly a very special event.

  3. What a beautiful start to this grey day! Thank you. The arrangements are so artfully drawn together. I am amazed at the profusion and variety. All so fresh and seasonal. The porcelain plates and containers are exquisitely complemented. What a special day this must have been for you!
    I look forward to the follow-up post on this historic sale to come.

  4. Beautiful flowers, spectacular porcelain and memorable artwork arranged to capitalize on the most incredible colors — what a great way to start my Monday. Thank you.

  5. Can’t begin to tell you how very much I look forward to your posts! An outstanding job!
    Thank you for being so selective and creative and giving us so many wonderful ideas .

  6. What a welcome post for a cold March day…I am green with envy over every detail of the luncheon, from the menu to the porcelain centerpieces but most especially to Kevin’s floral deigns. Who knew he was blessed with such a talent in this field!
    Thank you for sharing this with us…

  7. Thank you for this gorgeous post! The flowers and porcelain are spectacular and I appreciate your ravishing photos and clear descriptions. I feel as if I received a little gift at the laptop this morning.

  8. Absolutely beautiful and Martha looks gorgeous. Love the script for the courses on the menu plaques. Florals amazing and the china and art inspirational.

  9. The event looks lovely, but moreover this post is so wonderful for your talent to capture its beauty from the arrangements to the ceramics to the culinary presentations. Food shots are notoriously challenging as are floral close ups. Your skills know no limits!

  10. As another reader commented, a gift to all your viewers indeed!!
    Such amazing talents and well thought out process.
    I learned so much just by reading your descriptions and analyzing the pictures..
    enjoyed this post immensely! Thank you.

  11. Few people can say that they’ve been to a luncheon with Martha Stewart! It’s hard to tell if there’s more detail in the flower arrangements or the antique china – not the type of lunch you want to knock something over or spill a drink at!

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