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I’ll never forget the first time I visited Mr. and Mrs. Getty’s house on Broadway. It was like stepping into a Zeffirelli set or a Gérôme painting–be assured, photographs do not capture the atmospheric experience of those rooms. Equally startling to the feeling of being whisked away to another time and place was the museum-quality of the collection. Often when a collector has an iconic piece out of textbooks, it is displayed as if in an interrogation room, under a pin light and in isolation. But here, Mrs. Getty brought chinoiserie and Chinese, Georgian and Venetian, 17th century and 20th century happily co-existing all together. 

Here are a few of the eyecatchers that made me look thrice:

Lot 56: Circular Floral Rug
I love the combination of shocking pink with olive and its pleasing design recalling a circular parterre garden. It previously belonged to Betsey Whitney, suggesting that design legend Sister Parish chose it for her. Mrs. Getty also worked with Parish Hadley on her Broadway residence.

Lot 186: Pair of Rococo Style Stained Walnut Jardinières 

These baroque-o-coco planters are insane and insanely wonderful. To me, they recall Mrs. Getty’s love of Venice and its opulent decadence.

Lot 207: North European Blue Painted Wood and Zinc Pagoda Form Bee Keep

Keeping bees and jarring one’s own honey is a country fantasy to me – as is this whimsical beekeep that is seven feet tall!

Lot 730: Continental Patinated-Bronze Squash Form Liquor Set

This bronze gourd is an appealing piece of sculpture-delighting your guests by opening it to serve a postprandial glass of brandy is optional.

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