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Emma Jane Pilkington

Interior Designer

The Melbourne-born, Connecticut-raised Emma Jane Pilkington is known for her restrained elegance and artfully edited interiors. Pilkington began her career in fashion — she worked as a stylist for Esquire magazine — before transitioning to interior design. Since then, Pilkington has created well-curated spaces for the likes of Ivanka Trump and Cristina Cuomo. Influenced by travel and her love of European culture, Pilkington fills her interiors with a modern mix of 18th- and 19th-century French chandeliers, rustic farm tables and Gustavian seating. Last month, the designer's own stunning Greenwich, Connecticut, home was featured on the cover of Elle Decor. This week, Pilkington — who is presently at work on her first book — took a moment to share an edit of her favorite items from 1stdibs.

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Discover Emma Jane Pilkington's favorite pieces
Room Size Vintage Turkish Tulu
Located in New York, NY
A one of a kind Turkish Tulu plush shag rug. Ivory ground with a chevron motif in shades of blue.
Category

Late 20th Century Turkish Scandinavian Modern Moroccan and North African...

Materials

Wool

HERMES BIRKIN 35 Porosus Crocodile BORDEAUX Red Palladium Hardware
By Hermès
Located in Miami, FL
A magnificent jewel this BORDEAUX is in the most coveted of skins: Porosus Crocodile. A color with unparalleled richness and depth. Fresh with palladium hardware. New or Never Worn. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Pair of Rattan "Circle" Chairs with Metal Bases
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Pair of Rattan "Circle" chairs with metal bases.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Double Imagery
By Louise Nevelson
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Signed and numbered 5/20
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

1970 OSSIE CLARK for Quorum black silk crepe 'Bridget' dress
Located in San Fransisco, CA
A jet black silk crêpe 'Bridget' dress designed by Ossie Clark for Quorum dating to 1970. Labelled 'Ossie Clark, size 10', with plunging neckline, wrap-over skirt with knife-pleate...
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1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Double Imagery
By Louise Nevelson
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Signed, Dated, and Numbered 14/20 lower right; from a suite of 16 prints; Baro 101
Category

1960s Abstract Prints and Multiples

Materials

Lithograph

Louis XVI Carrara Marble-Top Secretaire
Located in Austin, TX
French antique Louis XVI style secretaire in solid mahogany, ebonized and French polished, with a Carrara marble top, brass hardware and trim, hand embossed and gilded leather, carve...
Category

Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Secretaires

Hans Bergström Table Lamp Model No. 711 by Ateljé Lyktan in Åhus, Sweden
By Hans Bergström
Located in Malmo, SE
Hans Bergström table lamp model no. 711. Produced by Ateljé Lyktan in Åhus, Sweden.
Category

Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Brass

1stdibs is part work-horse, part fantasy; an endless realm where I find inspiration for my interiors and my daily life.
Pair of Late 18th Century L'orangerie Chandeliers
Located in New Orleans, LA
These late 18th century twelve-light l'orangerie chandeliers from the south of France have been meticulously restored. The stems and leaves are tole; it is not electrified.
Category

Antique Late 18th Century French Rococo Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Pair Of Large Ikat Pillows
Located in Doylestown, PA
A large pair of throw pillows in hand-woven silk ikat fabric, down-filled, with charcoal grey linen backs.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Pillows and Throws

Pair of Large 18th Century Anduze Jars
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of large 18th century Anduze jars. 'Jarres d'Anduze,' signed by maker, Henry Gautier, and dated 1790. Sold together as a set for $16,000 pair. These jars are robust inverted ...
Category

Antique 1790s French French Provincial Planters and Jardinieres

Materials

Terracotta

Gorgeous Light Blue Antique Persian Malayer Carpet
Located in New York, NY
Antique Malayer Carpet, Persia, 1920 -- Striking geometrical symmetry and stunning detail define this masterful antique rug. Woven by hand in Malayer, a large village in northwestern...
Category

Early 20th Century Persian Malayer Persian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Large Marble Sofa Table by Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper, Italy, 1970s
By Angelo Mangiarotti, Skipper
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Large marble sofa table by Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper, Italy, 1970s. Grey, brown, and white marble. Excellent condition! Worldwide shipping. .
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofa Tables

Materials

Marble

Paul Evans Flip-Top Cityscape Bar Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Rare Paul Evans Studio burl wood and chrome flip-top cityscape bar cabinet on castors and finished on all sides.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Dry Bars

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Boiseries Lacquered on Canvas
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
Boiseries lacquered on canvas. In the photos you can see four walls. Comes from Mantova, in North of Italy.
Category

Antique 16th Century Italian Panelling

Triennale Floor Lamp by Arredoluce
By Arredoluce
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
"Triennale" floor lamp designed and stamped Angelo Lelli for Arredoluce. Chrome plated brass with black enameled shades and arm handles. Single chrome lamp pole secured i...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

French Pair of Os D' Mouton Club Chairs, circa 1720
Located in New York, NY
18th century French pair of recently reupholstered Os d'Mouton club chairs. Vintage Belgian linen fabric. Ebony carved legs. Separate seat cushions. Deep comfortable seats. High ba...
Category

Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Armchairs

Materials

Linen, Wood

A Stunning Pair of 19th Century Chinese Cabinets
Located in Doylestown, PA
A tall pair of 19th century Chinese cabinets in black lacquer, each with two shorter upper doors and 2 taller lower doors with interior drawers and nice old patinated iron hardware.
Category

Antique 19th Century Chinese Cabinets

Materials

Hardwood

Important Black Lacquer Desk And Chairs attr to Dominique, Circa 1935
By Maison Dominique
Located in Doylestown, PA
A fine and important black lacquer bureau plat attributed to Dominique, circa 1935, with a pair of matching lacquered armchairs upholstered in black leather. The desk has 3 drawers ...
Category

Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Desks

Materials

Lacquer

Antique Architectural Faux Marble Column
Located in Austin, TX
Italian antique faux marble column of painted and fired ceramic.
Category

Early 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Pedestals and Columns

Materials

Ceramic

Pair Sevres Porcelain Cachepots
Located in New York, NY
Matched pair of Louis XVI porcelain cachepots with gilt base, rim and handles. Painted marks for Sevres, red underglaze. Dimension: 9.25" W to handles x 7.75". Diameter x 4.75" H.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Planters and Jardinieres

Materials

Porcelain

Fine Gilt Bronze, Louis XV Lantern
Located in London, GB
A rare mid-18th century, Louis XV transitional gilt bronze five sided hall lantern, each face glazed and flanked by cast bronze mounts and finely cast and chased floral sprays. Retai...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Rococo Lanterns

Pair of Large-Scale Italian Ceramic Table Lamps
Located in Houston, TX
Sculptural Pair of Italian Hand Finished Ceramic Lava Lamps With Desirable Neutral Color Palette, Newly Wired For U.S. Market with Brass Fittings
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Table Lamps

Wrought Iron Rococo Chandelier, 18th Century, Possibly German
Located in Stockholm, SE
A wrought iron Rococo chandelier, 18th century, possibly German.
Category

Antique Late 18th Century European Rococo Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Iron

Sir William Chambers' Doorcase
By Sir William Chambers
Located in London, GB
An important carved Portland Stone doorcase c. 1769 by Chambers (1723-1796) for his own house in Berners Street, Westminster, the triangular pediment with dentil mouldings above the ...
Category

Antique 1760s English Neoclassical Architectural Elements

Materials

Stone

Pair of Richard Himmel Lutece Settees in Blue Edelman Reptile Patterned Calfskin
By Richard Himmel, Interior Crafts
Located in Chicago, IL
In 1969, Richard Himmel designed a furniture group for Interior Crafts, the venerable custom Chicago furniture maker. Bearing obvious French influences, his "Collection Lutece" updat...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Settees

Materials

Leather, Wood

18th Century French Lantern
Located in Houston, TX
This 18th century French lantern is beautifully preserved. The delicate designs around the middle add an element of uniqueness and femininity to an otherwise plain and masculine lant...
Category

Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Lanterns

Pair of Antique Wooden 18th Century Applique Wall Sconces
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of 18th c. Carved Wooden Pot a Feu Appliques
Category

Antique 18th Century and Earlier Wall Lights and Sconces

Rustic Naga Day Bed
Located in Chicago, IL
This Mid-Century Modern Naga daybed, with round tapering legs, is made from Chechem Wood. Initially crafted as a daybed, this piece can be used as a coffee or low table as well. N...
Category

Mid-20th Century Indian Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

Materials

Hardwood

Pair of 17th-18th Century Venetian Gondola Lanterns
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Rare pair of fabulous lanterns, painted and parcel gilt, each light having three framed glass inserts surmounted by elaborately carved scrolls; originally lights on Venetian gondolas...
Category

Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Floor Lamps

Materials

Glass, Wood

Tansu Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
A Tansu cabinet from Japan. Meiji period (Late 19th / Early 20th century), light wood, ornate iron hardware. Doors conceal drawers.
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Cabinets

Pair of French Patinated Bronze Sconces
By Felix Agostini
Located in Bridgewater, CT
A Pair of French Patinated Bronze Sconces Felix Agostini (1912-1974) each of pierced Y-form with linen diffusers. Height of sconce 23 inches.
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

Materials

Bronze

Set of Six Art Deco Style Dining Chairs
Located in Doylestown, PA
A nice set of 6 Art Deco style dining chairs in the Greek manner, in black laquer and parcel gilt, circa 1940, with 2 armchairs and 4 side chairs.
Category

Vintage 1940s Unknown Greek Revival Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of 1960s Reverse Painted Glass Geometric Abstract Coffee Tables
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of 1960s reverse painted glass coffee tables with colorful, geometric design in blue read and yellow.
Category

Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

Rare Ico Parisi Lounge Chairs
By Ico Parisi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ico Parisi lounge chairs Cassina Italy, 1955, Italian walnut, upholstery, steel, brass. This pair was awarded the "Compasso d'Oro" in 1955 and would be a true prize in any household.
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Rare mid century Stilnovo 1950s Adjustable Floor Lamp
By Stilnovo
Located in Firenze, IT
Brass, black lacquered brass, red lacquered metal diffuser. A weight at the end of the arm to retain the position and a toggle key to raise and lower. Even the diffuser can be direct...
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

RARE "Maison Jansen" Red Lacquer Coffee Table
Located in Chicago, IL
A Maison Jansen" by Lefebvre 1970s red lacquered with gilt brass edge detailing low coffee table, fitted with two slide out concealed drawer storage compartments.
Category

Vintage 1970s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Pair of 18th Century Mirrors
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A very good pair of cream and silvered pier mirrors, the tops elaborately pierced and scrolled with foliage and flowers, the borders with continuous scroll work, one mirror circa 171...
Category

Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Wall Mirrors

18th Century French Regency Style Mirror
Located in Winter Park, FL
18th century French Regency style gilt and painted mirror. Very sculptural, with a four inch depth of the classical style urn at the top. Beautifully carved flowers with scrolling at...
Category

Antique Late 18th Century French Regency Wall Mirrors

18th Century French Refractory or Monastery Table
Located in Winter Park, FL
18th century French refractory or monastery table. The top is made of three heavy, solid walnut planks that are 1-1/4" thick. Wood has great character and patina with waxed finish. T...
Category

Antique Early 18th Century French Renaissance Revival Dining Room Tables

Set Of 4 Italian Renaissance Style Armchairs
Located in Doylestown, PA
A set of 4 decorative Italian Renaissance-style armchairs in wrought iron and brass, with leather sling seats, arms and backs, circa 1940, Italian or French. Can split the set. *...
Category

Vintage 1940s Italian Armchairs

Materials

Brass, Wrought Iron

1960/70s Pierre Cardin Space Age Disco Dress
By Pierre Cardin
Located in New York, NY
Pierre Cardin was well into his fame when he designed this dress. The design maintains an overall simplicity, allowing the glittering textile to shine. Perhaps meant to evoke the nig...
Category

1960s Cocktail Dresses

Set of 11 Sterling Silver Charger Plates
Located in Greenwich, CT
Set of 11 sterling silver charger plates, measuring 11" in diameter, each marked Sanborns Mexico. 198 troy ounces approximate gross weight.
Category

20th Century Silver Chargers and Plates

Materials

Sterling Silver

Large Cast-Stone Table Lamp, circa 1960
Located in Doylestown, PA
A large painted cast-stone table lamp in the form of leaves, circa 1960, with its original grasscloth shade. 28" height is to socket.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Plaster

Hermes Paris 1950s Gentleman Silver Travel Set
By Hermès
Located in Monte Carlo, MC
HERMES Paris 50’s Gentleman travel set Silver Minerva French assay mark and red leather Case with handle measurement 53x36x9cm Two large silver bottles 13x6x4cm Two small silver ...
Category

Vintage 1950s More Silver, Flatware and Silverplate

Materials

Sterling Silver

George III Period Mahogany Child's Chair
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A good George III period mahogany Child's Chair on an original stand, the "X" frame back with fine reeded uprights, the arms en-suite, square section supports involving a foot rest.
Category

Antique 18th Century and Earlier British George III Side Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Heavy Duty Industrial Metal Garden Bins
Located in Culver City, CA
Riveted metal framework, perfect for use as a planter.
Category

Antique Early 1900s French Patio and Garden Furniture

Materials

Metal

Elegant Patio Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Mario Papperzini for John Salterini
By John Salterini
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant patio lounge chair and ottoman by Mario Papperzini for John Salterini. Adjustable back. Would benefit from new cushions with C. O. M. Great for indoors/outdoors. We als...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Neoclassical Revival Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Five Stone Obelisks
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Five stone obelisks with great patina. Unknown country of origin or creator. Believed to be early 20th century or earlier.
Category

Early 20th Century Unknown Garden Ornaments

Pair of Carved Limestone Models of Howling Dogs
Located in Baambrugge, NL
modelled opposing, each on a rectangular socle.
Category

20th Century European Statues

Materials

Limestone

Poul Kjaerholm PK62 Side Table, E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Poul Kjaerholm PK62 side table with frame of steel, original top of 2 cm flint-rolled white marble. Designed by Poul Kjaerholm 1968 and made by E. Kold Christensen, marked with m...
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Side Tables

Materials

Marble, Stainless Steel

An Exceptional Empire Period Dining Table, French 19th Century
Located in Doylestown, PA
An exceptional French Empire Period oval dining table in Cuban mahogany, early 19th century, on turned "Jacob" legs and 4 large leaves. Over 10' long fully opened. A beautiful shap...
Category

Antique 19th Century French Empire Dining Room Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Bold Fifties Yellow Gold Cocktail Ring with 25 Carat Yellow Beryl & Rubies
Located in Litchfield, CT
Circa 1950s, 18k, Swiss. This spectacular fifties cocktail ring is fearlessly stylish and delightfully tasteful, the very definition of the perfect statement piece. Set in eighteen-k...
Category

Vintage 1950s Retro Cocktail Rings

Materials

Beryl, Ruby, 18k Gold

Givenchy Haute Couture Gown no. 58249, 1970s
By Givenchy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A 1970s Givenchy haute couture gown with full sleeves in shades of cranberry pink, mauve and green, with silk trim and two interchangeable belts. Since there is no fabric tag, my gue...
Category

1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

1970s Valentino Haute Couture Egyptian Revival Silk Dress
By Valentino
Located in New York, NY
This exquisite dress dates from the early 1970s in Valentino's career. His pieces from this era still maintain the vibrancy of youth in design which first made him famous. However th...
Category

1970s Cocktail Dresses

Folkloric Embroidery Boho Inspired Silk Ensemble From Kenzo Gucci style
By Kenzo
Located in New York, NY
Kenzo Takada takes the 1970s Russian Bohemian trend to the hilt with this epic ensemble. The silk taffeta skirt and jacket are trimmed with miles of ribbons. A wild abandonment from ...
Category

1970s Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

Pair of 19th Century Walnut Library Ladders Attributed to Napoleon III's Library
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 19th century French library ladders attributed to Napoleon III's personal library. The ladders are composed of walnut and feature railings on casters.
Category

Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Stairs

Materials

Walnut

Early Eero Saarinen Knoll Womb Chair and Ottoman in Persimmon Orange Leather
By Eero Saarinen
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Early Eero Saarinen for Knoll leather womb chair and ottoman, circa early 1950s. This lovely example has satin finished steel leg system and has been newly upholstered in a remarkabl...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel