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AN ITALIAN GREEN-PATINATED BRONZE BOOT-SCRAPER
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 1… Read more AN APARTMENT BY JED JOHNSON Jed Johnson was one of the most celebrated and talented interior designers of the 20th Century. The impact his designs had on a space was once described by Paul Goldberger, the Architecture critic for the New Yorker, as '[making] it glow with that peculiar form of perfection that comes when objects of great quality are well-placed in carefully wrought surroundings'. He was passionate about furniture, paintings and works of art and had an eye for the very best, while also valuing the fun and the interesting. Throughout his career, he travelled endlessly to find the perfect antique, frequenting the finest antique dealers in London and Paris. His appreciation encapsulated an entire spectrum of art and objects which were the essence of his design. Jed arrived in New York in 1968, at the age of nineteen, from Sacramento, California, along with his twin brother Jay. They soon after became involved in the Andy Warhol Factory scene, Jed working in film production and Jay as a model. Throughout this time, Jed developed a close relationship with Andy Warhol which led to him moving into his house on Lexington Avenue. It was there that his passion and flair for interior design first became apparent. The house was filled with a vast number of objects, randomly placed wherever Warhol found space when returning from his numerous shopping sprees. Jed spent months organizing the pieces, sending many to the factory to be stored so that he was left with only the best. He subsequently decorated the house with the objects he unearthed; creating liveable and beautiful spaces out of the chaos. Jed went on to find Warhol a new Georgian-style townhouse on Madison which he lovingly decorated over several years. Warhol was a very private person and not many of his friends would have visited the house. However, Pierre Berg, of Yves Saint Laurent, was one of the few exceptions and his visit resulted in the first of Jed's many professional commissions. An array of celebrity clients followed, including Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Barbara Streisand and Richard Gere. However, some of his finest work was done for the less famous who were as serious about design and connoisseurship as he was. The impressive Manhattan apartment, from which this collection comes together, was the first of ten projects that Jed Johnson took on for a successful New York businessman in and his family 1988. Much of his inspiration was based on the significant pieces of English and French furniture that already belonged to the client, dating from 17th to 19th Century, together with his striking collection of European Art. Johnson assessed each piece on an individual basis and if he felt it didn't fit with his scheme, he would arrange for it to be shipped to one of the family's other residences. This resulted in a successful juxtaposition between the decoration of the apartment and the works of art within it, and in doing so reflected the exquisite European taste of its owner. At the age of 47, Jed was tragically killed in the Trans World Airline flight 800 plane crash of 1996. Jed Johnson Associates, Inc. was taken over by Jay and continues to thrive as a result of his legacy. Inquiries regarding Jed Johnson Associates, Inc. should be directed to John Clausen, Tel: 001 212 707 8989, Email: jclausen@jedjohnson.com.
AN ITALIAN GREEN-PATINATED BRONZE BOOT-SCRAPER

LATE 19TH CENTURY

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AN ITALIAN GREEN-PATINATED BRONZE BOOT-SCRAPER
LATE 19TH CENTURY
Modelled with two friars playing tug-of-war atop a spreading foliate-cast rectangular base
13 in. (33 cm.) high; 18 in. (46 cm.) wide; 10 in. (25.5 cm.) deep
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VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.

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