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Amy Fine Collins

Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair

The ultimate style arbiter, Fine Collins has covered culture and fashion for Vanity Fair for more than two decades. Today she turned her discerning eye to 1stdibs.
Rene Bouche Oil Painting,  Vogue Illustrator and Society Portrait Artist
Dimensions: H 4 ft. 3 in. W 4 ft. 5 in.
Dealer Location: New Hope, PA
Rene Bouche Oil Painting, Vogue Illustrator and Society Portrait Artist...
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Rene Bouche was born in France in 1906. He worked as a fashion illustrator for French and British Vogue. He came to the United States in 1941 and became a regular contributor to American Vogue until his death in 1963. He became a master of social portraiture and his work is owned by the Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and Yale University to name a few. His famous subjects included Jacqueline Kennedy, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Helena Rubinstein and Jack Benny. This large oil on canvas is a portrait of a former 1950's fashion model and her cats. The work is signed on the front and on the back. Also on the back is the name of subject and it is dated 1959. It is in excellent condition. Measurements; Height 51" Width 53"...
Marcel Vertes Poodle with Flowers Painting
Dimensions: H 26.5 in. W 19 in. D 2 in.
Dealer Location: Water Mill, NY
Materials & Techniques: Watercolor
Marcel Vertes Poodle with Flowers Painting...
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Watercolor...
Impressionistic tempera painting of a still life with dog and flowers in a vintage giltwood frame by listed artist Marcel Vertes (1895-1961.)...
Schiaparelli Fragrance “Shocking” Illustration by Marcel Vertes
Dimensions: H 22 in. W 19 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Schiaparelli Fragrance “Shocking” Illustration by Marcel Vertes...
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A pigmented archival print on 100% cotton rag paper of the original gouache Illustration by Marcel Vertes* for the Schiaparelli Fragrance “Shocking”. The advertisement depicts the words "Shocking" and "Schiaparelli" rendered as sky writing and with two winged putti embracing and bound at the feet with a fabric tie. The signature torso-shaped Dali-designed bottle with a pink furbelow. Schiaparelli used this rendering for European and American advertising campaigns in the early 1950s. Signed by the artist with signature V. Each print one of a series of 100. Can be purchased framed or loose. * Hungarian Artist: Budapest, 1895 - New York, 1961. Academy Award winning artist, noted for his murals at the Carlyle Hotel NYC....
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Schiaparelli Haute Couture Pine Cone Necklace, Jean Schlumberger...
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Important Haute Couture Pine Cone Necklace made by Jean Schlumberger for Schiaparelli. "Schiaparelli is above all the dressmaker of eccentricity. Has she not the air of a young demon who tempts women, who leads the mad carnival in a burst of laughter? Her establishment in the Place Vendome is a devil's laboratory. Women who go there fall into a trap, and come out masked, disguised, deformed or reformed, according to Schiaparelli's whim." Jean Cocteau. 1937 Important museum quality Art Historical necklace by Jean Schlumberger for Schiaparelli Summer 1939. Gilded metal, plastic and silk velvet. This iconic necklace was shown with slim ladylike dresses with bustle draped backs for evening. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. This necklace was exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at "Shocking", the ultimate Schiaparelli retrospective (2004) as well as the the Musee de la Mode, Union Centrale des Arts Decoratif in Paris. Ceceil Beaton's photograph of a Schiaparelli 1938 look from "Circus" collection, photographed in the late 1960's....
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Schiaparelli Haute Couture Ostrich Clips, Circus Collection 1938...
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Haute Couture Schiaparelli Ostrich Dress Clips by Jean Schlumberger, Summer 1938. "Schiaparelli is above all the dressmaker of eccentricity. Has she not the air of a young demon who tempts women, who leads the mad carnival in a burst of laughter? Her establishment in the Place Vendome is a devil's laboratory. Women who go there fall into a trap, and come out masked, disguised, deformed or reformed, according to Schiaparelli's whim." Jean Cocteau. 1937 Considered museum quality icons in the world of period Haute Couture collecting, these charming Surrealist inspired pink (Shocking) and black ostrich brooches adorned(no doubt)a tailored day look with figural buttons from Schiaparelli's famed "Circus" collection of Summer 1938. These were designed in collaboration with Jean Schlumberger (of Tiffany fame) who was a young jewelry designer in Paris at the time. Schiaparelli collaborated with and promoted many artists such as Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau and Alberto Giacometti during her career. In fact, she credited the artists in print as collaborators which was very unusual for the period. In the "Circus" themed collection these extraordinary art works held court amongst elaborate jackets and gowns covered with lavishly embroidered acrobats, elephants and trapeze artists by the House of Lesage. Enamelled in shades of rose, black and white with handmade pate de verre drops in royal blue and "Shocking" Pink, these "novelties" were the perfect foil for the ever changing "tailleurs" which had became Schiaparelli's signature. These brooches were exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at "Shocking", the ultimate Schiaparelli retrospective (2004) as well as the the Musee de la Mode, Union Centrale des Arts Decoratif in Paris (2004). SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. Christian Berard's watercolor of Schiaparelli's "Circus" parade,Vogue 1938....
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
House of Schiaparelli Neon Orange Wristwatch...
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Patent leather, brass with Swiss movement....
Untitled
Joel ShapiroUntitled,2011
Dimensions: H 17 5/8 W 10 1/4
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Medium: Bronze
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Dorothy Gillespie Sculpture
Dorothy Gillespie Sculpture
Dimensions: H 17 in. W 16 in.
Dealer Location: Hopewell, NJ
Materials & Techniques: Aluminum, Plastic
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Modern aluminum tabletop sculpture in black, white and silver with acrylic base Base is 6.5" square...
Michael Scalisi  Three B&W Photographs
Michael Scalisi Three B&W Photographs
Dimensions: H 21.25 in. W 17.5 in. D 1.5 in.
Dealer Location: Hudson, NY
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Michael Scalisi, three black and white photographs, "Foro, Roma" depicting classic-inspired sculptures from the Mussolini period Olympic stadium. All signed in pen, and identified on verso. Paper: 16" x 20"...
Custom Framed Edith Sitwell Silver Print by Horst P. Horst
Dimensions: H 21 in. W 17 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Custom Framed Edith Sitwell Silver Print by Horst P. Horst...
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One of Horst P. Horst's iconic black and white photographs of British author, poet & critic, Dame Edith Sitwell, wearing her trademark turban and large rings. Signed by the artist (see Image 5). In the history of twentieth-century fashion and portrait photography, Horst's contribution figures as one of the most artistically significant and long lasting, spanning as it did the sixty years between 1931 and 1991. During this period, his name became legendary as a one-word photographic byline, and his photographs came to be seen as synonymous with the creation of images of elegance, style and rarefied glamour. His method of work typically entailed careful preparation for the shoot, with the lighting and studio props (of which he used many) arranged in advance. His instructions to models are remembered as being brief and to the point. His published work uses lighting to pick out the subject; he frequently used four spotlights, often one of them pointing down from the ceiling. Only rarely do his photos include shadows falling on the background of the set. Horst rarely, if ever, used filters. This print is pencil signed by Horst but was printed sometime after 1948....
Dimensions: H 16 in. W 23 in. D 15 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Pair x-form tables in parchment over oak by Jean-Michel Frank...
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Jean-Michel Frank (1895-1941) was one of the most influential and original designers of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1920s, he developed a following among the Parisian cognoscenti for his understated and elegant furnishings and interiors. Typical of his designs was a radical simplification of form, often distilled from historical models, rendered in texturally rich materials such as cerused oak, parchment, straw marquetry, and leather. In 1935 Frank opened an eponymous boutique with partner Adolph Chanaux in Paris that sold works by his design and by a troupe of architect and artist collaborators. Frank's clientele was international in scope, including Templeton Crocker in San Francisco and Nelson D. Rockefeller in New York. Influential tastemakers such as Syrie Maughm in England and Francis Elkins in the United States helped to nurture local interest in designs by Frank and his collaborators. In Argentina, Ignacio Pirovano, interior designer and curator at the National Museum of Decorative Arts, proved to be an effective champion of Frank�s work. Wealthy Argentineans, familiar with Frank from visits to Paris, were already prodigious consumers of French furnishings due to the boom pre-war economy. Pirovano founded the firm Comte in 1932 to provide fine interior decor for the local market and began importing Frank models for placement in design projects as well as for retail sale. In 1936, Comte entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Frank to produce his designs locally, and by 1937 the firm had set up a workshop to execute these models, as well as a broader range of period pieces and designs by prominent Argentinean architect Alejandro Bustillo. Frank completed a string of private projects in Argentina starting in the late 1930s, including the vast interiors for the home of Jorge Born and Maria Frías Ayerza Born (completed 1939), the public spaces of the Llao Llao Hotel in Patagonia (1938), Buenos Aires interiors for members of the Acevedo, Santamarina and Murature families (circa 1940). For both tables, "3121" impressed into wood and metal "Comte SRL" tag, "III" impressed into wood on one table....
Pair of Marble Table Lamps, by Emilio Thierry, French 1930s
Dimensions: H 31 in. Dm 13.75 in.
Dealer Location: Hoboken, NJ
Pair of Marble Table Lamps, by Emilio Thierry, French 1930s...
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Pair of marble table lamps composed of white obelisks decorated with black geometric shapes by Emilio Thierry, French 1930s 31” h, 13 ½ “ diam...
Handmade Wool Carpet by Lurcat for Maison Myrbor
Dimensions: H 6 ft. 3.6 in. W 5 ft. 6.5 in.
Dealer Location: Hoboken, NJ
Handmade Wool Carpet by Lurcat for Maison Myrbor...
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Handmade wool carpet, green and brown geometric designs, signed on back, by Lurcat for Maison Myrbor, French, late 1940's 192 x 169 (cm)...
Vintage French Emilio Pucci Rug
Dimensions: H 8 ft. 10 in. W 11 ft. 9 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Wool
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Crafted in France during the height of Emilio Pucci's mid-century fame, this thrilling vintage art carpet showcases a stellar geometric allover pattern with alluring tropical colors that epitomize his distinctive, original style. In true Pucci fashion, the dramatic geometric designs feature sweeping French curves that flow across the field inspiring echoing figures and spirals that rapidly enter and exit the superbly styled scene. Boldly colored lancets arranged in kinetic wheels produce a lively pattern that mimics the energy and festive, celebratory spirit of a carnival. This vibrant French art carpet embodies the energy, vitality and spirit of Emilio Pucci's beloved pop art designs....
Pair of Maison Bagues Herron Lamps
Pair of Maison Bagues Herron Lamps
Dimensions: H 19 in. Dm 8 in.
Dealer Location: Atlanta, GA
Pair of Maison Bagues Herron Lamps...
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Pair of Maison Bagues Herron lamps, silver overlay on bronze, mid - late 19th century. Shade sold separately, $195 each. To see more items from Foxglove Antiques, please visit our website: www.foxgloveantiques.com...
Carolina Herrera for Revillion Red Fox
Size: med-lrg US
Dealer Location: Topanga, CA
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Volumptous golden fox fur jacket. Exaggerated, glamourous cut with an extra large cape collar and dolman sleeve. Kept in pristine condition. This statement fur is a larger cut but looks beautiful and ultra luxurious on almost any body type. Designed by Carolina Herrera for Revillion, sold by Saks Fifth Avenue....
Galanos Blue Denim Trench Coat with a Sable Fur Collar, Circa 1980
Size: Small US
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Galanos Blue Denim Trench Coat with a Sable Fur Collar, Circa 1980...
Galanos for Amelia Gray...
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This is a blue denim trench coat with a sable fur collar by Galanos for Amelia Gray, Beverly Hills. The coat has two large front button pockets, with hidden slash pockets at the hip, shoulder gusset seam detail, and a self front tie belt. There are buttons on each cuff and a slit in the back. Please review the measurements provided below to ensure a perfect fit. Shoulder to Shoulder-17" Sleeve-21.5" Bust-35" Waist-32" Hips-37" Length-42" This blue denim trench coat with fur collar by Galanos is available to be viewed privately in our Beverly Hills boutique couture salon during business hours. Please telephone us with any questions or if you wish to set up a private appointment to view it personally. Please feel free to contact us anytime should you be looking for a special vintage designer piece and we will be delighted to review our current inventory for you and should we not have it then we will be delighted to place your name on a wish list for the future. Elizabeth Mason The Paper Bag Princess, Inc. Please note: All sales are final, so please be sure to ask all the necessary questions prior to your purchase. Elizabeth M. Mason...
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Galanos late 1960s full Length White Mink Coat with Toggle Self Belt...
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This Galanos coat is available to be viewed privately in our Beverly Hills boutique couture salon during business hours. Please telephone us with any questions or if you wish to set up a private appointment to view it personally. We accept all major credit cards or paypal. You may also call the boutique directly to purchase over the phone. We offer layaway options for your convenience. Our Beverly Hills Boutique is open Monday thru Friday (11am-7pm) and Saturday (11am-6pm) PST. Only serious inquiries please. Please feel free to contact us anytime should you be looking for a special vintage designer piece and we will be delighted to review our current inventory for you and should we not have it then we will be delighted to place your name on a wish list for the future. Elizabeth Mason The Paper Bag Princess, Inc. Please note: All sales are final, so please be sure to ask all the necessary questions prior to your purchase. Measures: Shoulder to Shoulder: 18" Length:50.5" Sleeve:20.5" Bust:33" Waist:31.5" Hip:34"...
Size: 4 US
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
*SALE* GEOFFREY BEENE floral halter dress with sequined flowers...
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Silk floral dress with sequined beading from Geoffrey Beene dating to the 1990's. Best fits a US 4. Zips up center back. Long tie which cinches the waist. Made in the U.S. Excellent condition. WAS $650, now $295....
Geoffrey Beene Silk Gown with Train
Geoffrey Beene Silk Gown With Train
Size: 4 or 6 US
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Geoffrey Beene Silk Gown with Train...
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Black silk jersey and silk gazar with oversized colorful circles, empire bodice having narrow straps crossed over open back, full skirt, silk organdy lining, back zipper. Labeled. B-30, high W-26, front L-52, back L-65....
AZZEDINE ALAIA black leather laser cut corset belt - size 70
Size: FR 70 EU
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
AZZEDINE ALAIA black leather laser cut corset belt - size 70...
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Jet black laser cut leather corset belt from Azzedine Alaia. French size 70, which best fits a 24-26" waist. 6" in width. Gunmetal hardware. Made in Italy. Excellent/unworn condition with tags....
Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Pouf Dress
Size: 8 US
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Pouf Dress...
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Strapless bodice with ribbon overlay detailing with an architectural horse hair underpinning. Yellow silk satin skirt with black French lace overlay....
1991 Christian Lacroix Applique Beaded Haute-Couture Lace Gown...
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In 1987 Christian Lacroix opened his own couture house. With his background in historical costume and clothing, Lacroix soon made headlines with his opulent, colorful fantasy creations. He favors the hot colors of the Mediterranean region, a hodgepodge of patterns and experimental fabrics- sometimes handwoven in local workshops. This breathtaking beaded chantilly-lace evening gown is a perfect example of his genius. The fabric is an unbelievable fully-lined, floral-appliqued, metallic-threaded mocha lace. The sleeveless sheer-illusion bodice is super seductive and totally channels "Old Hollywood" glamour. I love the side tiered-ruffle ombre design flowing down the skirt and the dramatic backside draped-cape. As Lacroix once said, "For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is." Here is a gown with attitude and elegance. Measurements Bust:37-38 inches Waist:33 inches Hips:42 inches Total Length:59 inches This stunning Christian Lacroix numbered haute-couture gown is in excellent condition with no rips,holes or stains. The inside is immaculate and hand-finished. Perfectly working back-zipper. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value. Museum quality and a true rarity....