Friday, June 03, 2016
The Private Collection of Joan Rivers
A very different woman from Susan Mary Alsop, who was featured here on Wednesday, was Joan Rivers, the legendary comedienne and home-shopping pioneer who died in 2014. I was a longtime fan of Rivers, and I still find it hard to believe that she is no longer cracking jokes nor selling her jewelry on QVC. But interest in Rivers remains high, which is why I predict a lot of buzz regarding Christie's upcoming sale of Rivers' personal collection.
If you've seen photos of Rivers' penthouse apartment, you might (or might not) agree with me when I say that her home was a tad grand. That being said, I always admired Rivers' appreciation for fine-quality things, whether they were antique bibelots, furniture, jewelry, or art, all of which are featured in the Joan Rivers sale. The lots that especially caught my eye were the Fabergé objects, of which Rivers was a noted collector, and the porcelain, sterling silver, and crystal pieces that Rivers was known to use at her elegant dinner parties.
The Christie's sale will take place June 22, 2016. To see all of the sale's lots, or for more information, please visit the Christie's website. Below, you can see some of the lots that caught my eye, plus numerous photographs of Rivers' New York apartment that appear in the auction catalogue.
Royal Crown Derby porcelain Imari dessert service
All images courtesy of Christie's