Stair Gallerie’s tag-line is “selling interesting things, from interesting people”- and it’s no lie! This week’s sale featuring the outstanding collection of Jayne Wrightsman is no exception. The child of an Alabama mother known as “chuggy” and an entrepreneurial father from Michigan, Jane, had a good head, charisma, and sly wit from the beginning. In high school, Jane added a quirky “y” to her birth name for a fun and more elevated spelling as she ventured post-college into the world.
Jayne was a friend and style mentor to the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She even helped visually orchestrate her friend’s funeral service alongside Bunny Mellon. Remember Jackie’s chic wicker casket? Thank you, Jayne!
Dubbed by Tatler Magazine as ‘One of the most important figures in the modern history of collecting’, Jayne Wrightsman’s antique filled home at 860 Fifth Avenue has gone up for auction.
A few of my highlights: