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Joy Venturini Bianchi

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San Francisco–based fashion fixture Joy Bianchi is known for her bold sense of style — she's rarely seen without her signature black-rimmed eyeglasses — and dedication to the developmentally disabled. Volunteering for the San Francisco-based charity Helper's since its inception in 1953, Bianchi founded Helper’s House of Couture, in 2008, with all proceeds benefitting the cause. Named one of the 10 best fashion stores by Vogue in 2010, this showroom boutique houses high-end designer garments donated by stylish individuals and celebrities from around the world. In addition to founding Helpers House of Couture, Bianchi has during her 62-years with the charity, opened three residential homes for the developmentally disabled and a workshop in San Franciso's Ghirardelli Square. In celebration of her commitment, a retrospective will be held honoring Bianchi and her personal collection of timeless, museum-quality garments — including pieces by Alaia, Balenciagia, Dior and Valentino — which she has promised to bequeath to Helpers at the end of her life. Scroll to shop a collection of Joy's favorite finds, including a number of vintage garments from her storefront on 1stdibs.

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Pair of Michael Taylor Cast Aluminum Klismos Chairs

By Michael Taylor
Pair of Michael Taylor Cast Aluminum Klismos Chair...
Michael Taylor
Aluminum
Pair of Michael Taylor Cast Aluminum Klismos Chairs. Metal Mesh seats.
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Cy Twombly

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Cy Twombly
Screen Print
Portfolio: On the Bowery Printer: Edition Domberger, Germany Publisher: Edition Domberger, Germany Catalog raisonné: Bastian 27 Edition size: 100, plus proofs Signed and numbered ...
Large Pair Of Italian Murano Glass And Bronze Scon...
Impressive pair of Venini style brass and Murano glass tube sconces, newly wired for U.S. market. Please click KIRBY ANTIQUES logo below to view additional pieces from our vast inv...
Ralph Rucci

Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rucci, olive green, hammered satin Asian inspired, bias cut, strapless gown.
Rare Ingo Maurer "Uchiwa" Wall Sconce

By Ingo Maurer
Rare Ingo Maurer "Uchiwa" Wall Sconce
Ingo Maurer
Metal, Paper
Sculptural wall sconce with six large rice paper palm shaped leaves connected to a bamboo shaft by Ingo Maurer.
Rare John Dickinson Plaster Twig Lamp

By John Dickinson
Rare John Dickinson Plaster Twig Lamp
John Dickinson
Rare John Dickinson plaster ‘twig’ lamp circa early 1970s. This all original example has a stout sculptural form and is one of the only examples of Dickinson’s work not currently being ...
Charlotte Perriand, Bench "Cansado" Steph Simon Ed...
Metal, Wood
Charlotte Perriand, bench, "Cansado", Metal and wood, circa 1950, France, Steph Simon Edition, City Cansado, Mauritania, Africa. Height: 25 cm, length: 190 cm, width: 70 cm.
English Victorian Mother-of-Pearl Veneered Tea Caddy, circa 1850
English Victorian Mother-of-Pearl Veneered Tea Cad...
A delightful English Victorian mother-of-pearl veneered tea caddy with an inner tortoiseshell lid topped by a small circular mother-of-pearl handle. The inside lined with patterned oran...
Pair of Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Side Tables, Syrian
Pair of Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Side Tables, Syrian
Beautiful pair of Syrian mother-of-pearl inlay side tables with single drawers. Can be sold separate.
New Tom Ford Mother-of-Pearl Jacket

New Tom Ford Mother-of-Pearl Jacket
Tom Ford, Tom Ford
TOM FORD JACKET Cut a super chic silhouette on your special day in TOM FORD's sensational hand-embellished mother-of-pearl jacket. Lining: 100% silk Italian sizing ...
English Art Deco Shagreen Photograph Frame
English Art Deco Shagreen Photograph Frame
Unknown
Shagreen
Green shagreen frame with felt-covered back and stand
Patrick Kelly Leopard Print Ruched Dress

Patrick Kelly Leopard Print Ruched Dress
Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly, leopard print, stretch, velour, fitted dress, with turtle neck and side ruching along the hip and thighs.
Pair of Faux Bronze Metal Hand-Painted Klismos Italian Chairs
Pair of Faux Bronze Metal Hand-Painted Klismos Ita...
Mid-20th century Italian neoclassical klismos form side metal chairs with Faux Bronze finish.
Early Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Chair for Saridis
Early Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Chair for Saridis
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Greek walnut and leather strapped side chair with graceful curving back and exaggerated sabre legs. A modern interpretation of seating depicted on ancient pottery. With metal label and ...
A Large-Scaled French Art Deco Mahogany Circular ...
A large-scaled French art deco mahogany veneered circular side/cocktail table; the circular top of pie-shaped ribbon-mahogany veneer raised on a tripartite base centering an ebonized sp...
Klini Chaise by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis

By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Saridis
Klini Chaise by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Saridis
Leather, Walnut
Rare Klini chaise longue by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis of Athens, Greece, circa 1965. We offer free delivery on most of our items within the Long Island or greater NYC, North...
Bill Blass Baroque and Leopard Print Gown

Bill Blass Baroque and Leopard Print Gown
Bill Blass
Bill Blass, evening gown with leopard print, long sleeve, top and dropped waist skirt with a floral, brocade, baroque print skirt and matching belt.
Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy

Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy
Ivory, Tortoise Shell
Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy with Ivory edging and silver escutcheon. The Interior has a velvet lined lid and two compartments with tortoiseshell lids with Ivory handles. This...
Iconic 1970s John Dickinson Plaster "Africa" End Table

By John Dickinson
Iconic 1970s John Dickinson Plaster "Africa" End T...
John Dickinson
Iconic 1970s John Dickinson plaster "Africa" end table.
ICONIC TOM FORD for YVES SAINT LAURENT FALL 2002 C...
Tom Ford
ICONIC & COLLECTIBLE TOM FORD for YVES SAINT LAURENT COAT FALL 2002 COLLECTION FR. SIZE 36 COLOR – CREAM CREATED FROM SILK BLEND JACQUARD FABRIC TWO POCKETS FINISHED WI...
Barcelona Daybed Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, circa 1970s

By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Barcelona Daybed Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, circ...
Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Stainless Steel, Leather, Walnut
Barcelona daybed by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll. Original brown leather in excellent condition with walnut frame. Knoll labels, circa 1970s.
Syrian Mother of Pearl Inlay Chest of Drawers
Bone, Mother-of-Pearl
Syrian wedding chest of drawers. Fabulous Syrian art work, handcrafted wedding dresser with 3 drawers, walnut inlay with mother of pearl, shell and camel bone. Moorish arches and intric...
Alaia

Alaia
Azzedine Alaïa
Azzedine Alaia black leather gloves with scalloped cuff.
Stylish Pair of French Mid-Century Oak Club Chairs...
A stylish pair of French Mid-Century oak club chairs with ivory leather upholstery; each with square padded back above a loose cushion seat flanked by squared arms raised on quadrangula...
Whimsical French Fiberglass 'Drapery' Table with I...
A whimsical French 1960s fiberglass 'drapery' table with iron tripod base; the winter green fiberglass top depicting a draped tablecloth adorned with gilt fleur-de-lis decoration; raise...
Cartier Rare Limited Edition "Crash" Watch 1991

Cartier Rare Limited Edition "Crash" Watch 1991
Cartier
18k Gold
Cartier 1991 Crash Watch. A men's 18k Yellow gold asymmetric wristwatch No. 332/400. Produced originally by Cartier in 1967, this surrealist style watch was revived again , in a limite...
Geoffrey Beene Silk Jumpsuit

Geoffrey Beene Silk Jumpsuit
Geoffrey Beene
Geoffrey Beene, black, silk crepe fitted jumpsuit, with jeweled neckline and wide leg pant.
Large-Scaled English Victorian Wooden Tray-on-Stan...
A large-scaled English Victorian cartouche-shaped wooden tray-on-stand with original horse racing scene; the shapely tray with coved gallery surrounding a well-executed print depicting ...
Cartier gold barbell cufflinks

Cartier gold barbell cufflinks
Cartier
14k Gold
14K yellow gold uneven barbells by Cartier, c. 1949
Beautiful Set of Four Mother-of-Pearl Boxes

Beautiful Set of Four Mother-of-Pearl Boxes
Wood, Mother-of-Pearl
Beautiful set of four mother-of-pearl boxes. Dimensions: 1. 6" W x 3" D x 1" H. 2. 10.5" W x 3.75" D x 2.75" H. 3. 4" W x 3.5" D x 1.5" H. 4. 4 " W x 3" D x 3" H.
Signed John Dickinson Table

By John Dickenson Vii
Signed John Dickinson Table
John Dickenson Vii
Brass
Galvanized metal table in the stye of a draped table with brass trim.
Pair of Large Brass Sconces by Christophe Gevers

By Christophe Gevers
Pair of Large Brass Sconces by Christophe Gevers
Christophe Gevers
Brass
Pair of large brass wall sconces, "Grand Modele" by Christophe Gevers. Rare and quite hard to come by, these sconces can be hung lighting upward or downward.
Pair of Brass Benches by Charles Hollis Jones #HR-84, Signed

By Charles Hollis Jones
Pair of Brass Benches by Charles Hollis Jones #HR-...
Charles Hollis Jones
Brass, Naugahyde
Pair of aged brass benches designed and manufactured by Charles Hollis Jones in the 1970s. Dimensions: 25" wide x 15.5" deep x 21" high to the top of the metal x 18" high from the f...
John Dickenson Plaster Table

By John Dickinson
John Dickenson Plaster Table
John Dickinson
Plaster
Signed John Dickenson Plaster Table
Ralph Rucci

Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rucci, midnight blue wool cashmere and chiffon tiered gown. Upper tier is the bodice and is strapless in a wool cashmere, with a satin band at the bustline. This tier is embelli...
T. Ford & W. Sofield Prototype Settee

T. Ford & W. Sofield Prototype Settee
Yves Saint Laurent, D & W. Sofield, Unknown
Stainless Steel, PVC
Great prototype settee or sofa designed by Tom Ford and William Sofield. Developed at Studio Sofield US, the collaborative. Upholstered in black vinyl. Frame made of stainless st...
Cartier Onyx Gold Panthere Collection Bracelet
Cartier Onyx Gold Panthere Collection Bracelet
Cartier
18k Gold, Garnet, Onyx
Spectacular Panthere de Cartier bracelet. Bold and regal multiple facet bangle bracelet. A black onyx nose and lacquer spots are finished with a tsavorite eye. 6 1/2 inch inside measure...
Pair of Mid-Century Modern X-Base Billy Baldwin Benches

By Billy Baldwin
Pair of Mid-Century Modern X-Base Billy Baldwin Be...
Billy Baldwin
Pair of nice vintage decorator X base benches in excellent condition.
1940s Cartier Paris Gold Ink Pen and Platinum Feat...
Cartier
Yellow Gold, Platinum
Yellow gold ink pen and platinum feather. Signed Cartier Paris, French marks and numbered. Circa 1940. Total weight: 41.5 grams. Measures: Length: 12.5 cm (4.9 inches) Diameter...
Cartier Toi et Moi Ring

Cartier Toi et Moi Ring
Cartier
18k Gold
Contemporary Cartier Toi et Moi Ring, with two beautiful links that can adjust in size to the finger. Signed and numbered. Ring size: 7.5 (due to the unique design of the ring, the si...
Azzedine Alaia Jacket Motorcycle Baby Calf Red Leo...
Azzedine Alaïa, Azzedine Alaïa
ALAIA exquisite $9,350.00 motorcycle style calfskin jacket. The most exquisitely soft baby calf hair red and black leopard print jacket. Beautifully shaped as only ALAIA can do! In the ...
Yves Saint Laurent Tartan Plaid Tweed Hat

Yves Saint Laurent Tartan Plaid Tweed Hat
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent, red and green, tweed, Tartan, plaid, brimmed hat with green, gross grain band at the crown.
Fall 2013's TOM FORD Size 6 Zebra Tinsel Silk Pleated Dress
Fall 2013's TOM FORD Size 6 Zebra Tinsel Silk Plea...
Tom Ford, Tom Ford
Stunning tinsel silk cocktail dress by TOM FORD. An ultra chic long sleeve style in black and white zebra print textured chiffon with sparkling lustre, featuring a crew neckline, pleate...
Shapely Pair of English Regency-Inspired Mahogany ...
A shapely pair of English Regency-inspired mahogany salon chairs; each with gracefully arched crest sloping to the outscrolled arms; above a bowed tight seat all raised on faux bamboo s...