Photos by Pieter Estersohn
Many interior designers like to change up their interiors every now and again. Like a painter with a new canvas, it is a chance to have a clean slate to start anew. Designer's homes are often their laboratories, so it makes sense that they would want change things around from time to time. Having designed homes for the past twenty-five years, New York interior designer Charlotte Moss, a lover of pretty French and English antiques and living with style, is in the "freshening" process. Offering antiques, decorative accessories and artwork at auction with Doyle New York, she is sharing her prized finds accumulated from three homes, stunning retail stores, and years of design projects. The auction takes place on March 7th at 10am, with a book signing of her eighth book, A Visual Life, March 5th at 6pm (rsvp to events@DoyleNewYork.com). Access the online catalog to see the collection in it's entirety here: Charlotte Moss Collection.
Wide-ranging collections such as this can provide an inspirational glimpse into the world of a designer, for it tells the story of their collecting preferences while giving a sense of how they live. With over 400 lots to choose from, if pretty pieces with classical influences are what you are after, this is the sale for you. Even if you do not intend to raise a paddle, go to the preview to see and learn about great antiques. It's one of the best ways to train your design eye that provides a real, teachable moment.
A custom console, part of a pair, provided an elegant way to hide a radiator in her 2009 Kips Bay Showhouse bedroom.
Lot 5044 Pair of Rococo Style Gray Painted Consoles Each with a lattice front, raised on a plinth. Height 37 inches, width 38 inches, depth 17 inches.
Lot 5127 Neoclassical Style Polished Wrought Steel Center Table Therien The circular marble top raised on curved supports. Height 30 1/2 inches, diameter 60 inches.
Seeing a piece in a room setting brings it to life. Here, robust pink peonies provide a pop of color against the painter wallpaper surface of a low ming coffee table.
Lot 5107 Chinese Style Cream Painted Low Table Inset with a Chinese hand painted wallpaper panel. Height 14 inches, width 24 inches, depth 47 inches.
Lot 5298 William and Mary Style Black Japanned Cabinet on Stand 19th Century Decorated with, figures, trees, etc., the interior with six drawers. Height 50 1/2 inches, width 42 1/2 inches, depth 13 inches. Estimate $700-1,000
Photo by Simon Upton
The Pagoda in action on a demilune table in her living room.
Lot 5011 Japanese Style Gilt-Metal Pagoda With a multi-tier roof, on a plinth. Height 16 inches. Provenance: The Estate of Tony Duquette
Lot 5097 Set of Atelier du Vieil APT Green Marble Glazed Faience Table Articles Comprising eighteen teacups and saucers, three large cups, four small plates and eight knife rests.
Lot 5019 Set of Four Louis XVI Style Painted Fauteuils en Cabriolet Each oval padded back and seat raised on circular tapering fluted legs.
Lot 5121 Upholstered Club Chair Upholstery designed by Charlotte Moss With a barrel back.
Photo by Erik Striffler
Digby's Tent fabric covers a chaise and curtain panels in her East Hampton home. The panels are available in the auction.
Lot 5056 Pair of Charlotte Moss for Brunschwig and Fils Curtain Panels In the Digby's Tent pattern, named after English aristocrat Jane Digby, who lived a scandalous life of romantic adventure from 1807-1881