Monday, September 30, 2013
Arbiters of Style: Anthony Hail and Charles Posey
Thanks to my friends Dennis and Mattie, I recently learned of an exciting upcoming auction at Christie's New York. Titled "Arbiters of Style", the October 8th auction features the collection of the late designer Anthony Hail and his partner, Charles Posey.
Hail, about whom I have written before, was an impeccable designer. His interiors, which were both elegant and immaculate, were often appointed with antiques of storied pedigrees. One of my favorite Hail-decorated houses was that of the designer himself. Located in San Francisco, the house was a rather restrained backdrop for the grand furnishings that he collected, many of which are featured in this auction.
I plan to order a catalogue of the sale as I think it will be an important addition to my design library. Even if you don't anticipate bidding on any of the lots, I think you'll still appreciate the catalogue's many photos of Hail and Posey's exquisite home.
A Swedish gilt-metal and cranberry glass chandelier, late 18th c./ early 19th c.
A Louis XIV ormolu-mounted engraved brass and tortoiseshell traveling box
A North European white painted and parcel-gilt table, early 18th century.
Two Vuitton suitcases with Hail's last name and initials painted on them. Now that's stylish.
All photos courtesy of Christie's.