Property of a Lady and gentleman (lots 484-503)
The interiors of Sister Parish and Parish-Hadley
The following 18 lots were all supplied by the celebrated firm of Parish-Hadley Inc. for a remarkable comission in the 1990's.
In 1933, Sister Parish began her design career in a one-room shop in New York City, and over the years cultivated a style that established her as one of the most important designers worldwide. Her signature use of bright colors and deluxe fabrics produced a feeling of unparalleled grace and luxury that quickly became an American classic. Celebrated in private homes of impressive clients such as the Astors and Englehards, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis chose Sister Parish to decorate the White House during Kennedy's term, signaling Parish as one of the most sought-after interior designers in the nation.
However, Sister Parish was not to develop her design firm alone. In 1964, Albert Hadley, a native of Tennessee, joined Mrs. Parish and the design firm became Parish Hadley, Inc. With an eye for modern, sleek, tailored elements, Hadley contributed an interesting counterpart to Sister Parish's more traditional designs. The designs are widely recognized for the timeless, elegant style inherent to the Parish-Hadley fashion. Together, Parish and Hadley have successfully cultivated a unique manner of decorating which has become synonymous with classic, yet distinctly American, style. The next thirty lots, which come from a commission executed by Parish-Hadley in the 1970's, distinctly demonstrate this style.
EARLY 19TH CENTURY AND PROBABLY RE-USED FROM A PORTICO MANTLE CLOCK
A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU, TÔLE, BLACK AND WHITE MARBLE TABLE LAMPS
Early 19th century and probably re-used from a portico mantle clock
Each with a black and gilt tôle shade over a Corinthian column raised on a square marble plinth, electrified
23in. (58cm.) high (2)
Parish-Hadley, Inc., New York