Monday, March 28, 2011

Albert Hadley 'at auction'

Albert Hadley is an iconic decorator. His style has lasting appeal, and we have an opportunity to get a piece of his style from Albert Hadley Inc. at two auctions this week: Sotheby's in New York on March 30th, and Stair Galleries in Hudson, NY on April 1st.

 House Beautiful - Designer: Albert Hadley

At the Stair Galleries preview I took a few pictures (not all items are from the Albert Hadley lots) of their well staged offerings. 

The octagonal mirror caught my eye. It's very stylish, and I love the red paint. This is lot 175, and it measures 32.75" x 32.75". The auction estimate is $200 - $400. I suspect that the Hadley provenance will drive the bidding up past the estimates. 

I have always liked a mirror that mimics a window. It's not only chic, but opens up a space that might otherwise be dark and/or lacking in windows. This is Lot 151 in the Stair Galleries auction, and measures 48" x 29". It has an auction estimate of $200 - $400.

In the photo at the top of the page notice the sconces on either side of the mirror above the mantle. The ones on the left are included in the Sotheby's auction, Lot 663. They are not identical, but a close comparison. They are highly decorative and would look great used as in the photo, or I might like them in an entryway. These measure 26" tall and have an auction estimate of $200 - $300. 

This black lacquered fauteuil shouts Art Deco, even though it's modern. It's a smart design, and would be a chic addition to a living room, or as seating in the bedroom. This is Lot 658 in the Sotheby's sale, and has an auction estimate of $200 - $300.

Notice how Hadley used the screen in the second photo at the top. It adds interest to the room, and draws your eye to the corner. The one here on the left is Lot 659, and also has an Art Deco vibe. It measures 53" tall x 60" long. It has an auction estimate of $200 - $300.

This steel chain link screen is surprisingly modern for what I think of for Albert Hadley. He can obviously surprise. This would be a fabulous addition to a contemporary style, or to mix up traditional with a bit of modern. This is Lot 655 in the Sotheby's sale. The description says it's 35.5" tall. It would make a great room divider since it's not too tall. The auction estimate if $100 - $200.

Albert Hadley designs are all about the details. Pick up one or two at the upcoming auctions and add some Hadley chic to your decor!

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