A Collection of Furnishings and Objects from the Works of Michael S. Smith
There’s something particularly wonderful about collaborating with Stair on this auction, as I’ve bought so many terrific pieces from them over the years—and I’ve always felt that their team has as much fun finding the objects and compiling their sales as we do shopping from them.
I’m excited about our upcoming sale, as it’s a selection of beautiful furnishings from several projects that I’ve designed over a period of time, as well as from my personal collection. Since I’m constantly on the hunt for new treasures, my storerooms and those of my clients are overflowing. There are striking pieces that were purchased from some of the most extraordinary dealers in the world, in addition to some amazing decorating basics—classic upholstered sofas and chairs, myriad cocktail and side tables, gorgeous folding screens and carpets, a variety of porcelain accessories, and marvelous lamps and light fixtures.
My favorites range from an iconic black-lacquer Royale table by Jansen to an important Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Mahogany Bed, by master cabinet-maker J.Pafrat. I’m fascinated by the ghostlike quality of an Alessandro Albrizzi Lucite dining table that appears to float in a room, and there’s an incredible, much-loved Regency recamier that has traveled with me to and from several of my houses and apartments over the years.
I find it fun to shop a sale like this because they’re always so unexpected—stocked with sensational pieces that might make a great foundation for your next design project or the perfect finishing touch for a room that’s nearly complete. Plus, everything isn’t precious—and is there a surprise any better than falling for something that’s actually within your price range?
—Michael S. Smith
BIDDING IN THIS SALE
All bidding for this sale must be arranged prior to 5pm on October, 4.
We accept phone bids, absentee bids and live online bidding for this sale.
PLEASE NOTE: As our phone lines are limited, we can only accommodate telephone bidders willing to bid at least within the estimate. If your maximum bid is below that amount, please leave an absentee bid or register to bid online on one of the online platforms.
For inquiries regarding the items in this sale please contact us at 518.751.1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.