The Art of Collecting continues the storied tradition of great European collections, capturing the splendors of Old World Italy and the European decorative tradition in a thoroughly modern manner. The sensorial experience and element of nostalgia evoked by a warm sunlit image of the Italian countryside is brought to mind when viewing the works of this important estate that also follows the model of California’s celebrated historic residences in its display of connoisseurship and good taste.
The collector’s elegant assemblage of fine and decorative art includes Italian, French, English and Northern European works in an impressive residence of Italianate design. Highlights such as a pair of 18th century German giltwood torchères attributed to the master carver Friedrich Hund, a North Italian red Japanned and parcel-gilt bureau cabinet from the eve of the 20th century and Venetian red and gilt-lacquer commodes of the late 19th century, clearly indicate a collector appreciative of lavish materiality and superb craftsmanship. The estate is strikingly reminiscent of a past Golden Age, yet unified in a feat of modern collecting: the achievement of astounding beauty with the objects of everyday living.