Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ January 24-25 auction offers more than 700 lots of classic design for the informed buyer ahead of the design curve. The sale’s variety, edited for quality and heavy on French and Italian influence, includes objects from the affordable to the unusual that highlight centuries of human ingenuity.
The AD100 2017 list released in Architectural Digest’s February issue shows that after nearly a decade of pervasive stark, white rooms, trendsetters are newly interested in classical design, this time with surprising twists. One of the year’s honorees, designer Jean-Louis Deniot, was quoted as saying, “high-voltage French style – think Régence chests showcased against stainless-steel walls and a backlit floor” are the next big thing.
Head-turning French furniture is abundant in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ January auction. A pair of immaculate walnut bergères with orange silk upholstery (estimated at $800 – 1,200) would anchor any modern room. A Louis XVI commode with a gray marble top and dizzying zig-zag marquetry (estimated at $3,000 – 5,000), a Louis XVI side table with a magnificent and rare brocatelle d’espagne marble top (estimated at $4,000 – 6,000), or a conversation-making Empire chair with imposing Sphinxes (estimated at $800 – 1,200), would likewise electrify a high-concept home.