This lot is offered without reserve.
Lots 1145 -1365 should all be preceded by a triangle symbol, as described in the "Important Notices" section in the back of the catalogue.
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JOAN SEIFTER (LOTS 1145-1365) Sprezzatura was Joan Seifter's credo throughout her life, especially when decorating her apartment. ''If you love it, buy it,'' she said. ''It doesn't matter that you have no place to put it. You'll find a place.'' Joan Seifter was a woman of exceptional taste and originality who applied this same principle to her designer clothes. She was a private person; she never worked in the design field or the fashion field. But over 60 years of collecting, her apartment evolved into an autobiography of her belief in experimenting and mixing periods, colors and textures to achieve a personal environment that few outsiders ever saw. Once a year she entertained with a magical candlelighted Thanksgiving evening dinner in her red-lacquered dining room, which was filled with her collection of Napoleonic objects.
The room, with its narrow wraparound terrace, possessed the poetry of a salon on the Grand Canal in Venice. In fact, it overlooked the Central Park Reservoir. The city of Venice, the 1950's decorator Rosalyn Rosier and her East 57th store, as well as the theatrical approach to design popularized by Milan based architect Renzo Mongiardino were important influences on Mrs. Seifter's taste and collecting. Her personal appearance had an elegance and originality that was one of a kind. In my 60 years of recording women of taste and style I have never met anyone who came as close to a total triumph of style, taste, proportion and spontaneous creation as Mrs. Seifter.