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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:

Lot 494: Group of Forty Rolls of Wallpaper

A group of 40 rolls of designer and vintage wallpaper. Can you imagine all the possibilities?!

Lot 334: Directoire Style Brass-Mounted Lacquer Desk
Similar to a  lacquer desk in my daughter’s room, which is being currently painted by the talented decorative artist, Emmie Ruth Wise.
Lot 308: Set of Alain Gruber Printed Linen Curtains
These printed Alain Gruber linen curtains with embroidered shears are a dream! I first saw this fabric in the home of Ragan Cain and have had this pattern saved to my home inspiration board since.
Lot 484: Group of Porhault Table Linens
A grouping of vintage D Porhault table linens. This is a lady that even the likes of an event extraordinaire would respect as she once cunningly provided watermelon slices to dinner guests during dessert and cleverly replaced the seeds with look-a-like chocolate versions. Someone that clever and detail oriented, you can only imagine her home belongings. Rebecca Gardner vibes!
Elizabeth Cook
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