Welcome to TGP Tidbits where we round up the happenings and our musings of the design industry each week. This week we take a look into the Ann Getty estate auction at Christie’s, the interiors of New York hotel Nine Orchard, and the Leta Austin Foster collection for Waterhouse Wallhangings. Written by Natalie Aldridge.
Christie’s To Auction the Getty Estate
When renowned decorator, philanthropist, and socialite Ann Getty passed in 2020 the interior design community fell to shock and wonderment over what would happen to her extensive estate. Born to a farmer in 1941, in Gustine, California to diary farmers, then Ann Gilbert would go on to meet Gordon Getty, son of Getty Oil founder J. Paul Getty, at a bar in San Francisco. The two married in 1964 and Getty’s humble beginnings would forever be an emblem of the past.
Following the passing of J. Getty, the couple’s income rose astoundingly. They then purchased a five-story neoclassical mansion built by architect Willis Polk around 1906, perched atop the storied San Francisco neighborhood of Pacific Heights. Getty enlisted the famed interior design firm of Parish – Hadley to transform the mansion. The grand dame Sister Parish herself and Getty spent many a trip abroad sourcing antiquities and rarities alike for the home. Known for her jet set lifestyle, Getty would fly the globe in her private Boeing 727 complete with two bedrooms.
Years later with a sharpened eye, Getty opened her own interior design firm and quickly became an acclaimed designer known for her distinctive global flair and opulence. For decades following, the famed socialite grew an illustrious business while becoming an avid patron of the arts and a celebrated philanthropist.
From October 20th to the 23rd Christie’s will auction Ann and Gordon Getty’s personal collection obtained around the world throughout their marriage. The collection includes almost 1,500 works of decorative and fine artworks of significance. The estate is so extensive it will take four total days to complete the auction. Proceeds of the auction will benefit the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation for the Arts. Take a look at some of the pieces on offer and do not forgot to pre-order a collection catalog.
La place Pigalle (étude) by Renoir (1841-1919) via Christie’s
George II Black-Japanned and Parcel-Gilt Armchair by William and John Linnell (Circa 1752-1755) via Christie’s
A chic new haunt has hit the Dimes Square neighborhood of New York City. Residing in the landmarked Jarmulowsky Bank Building built in 1912 by William Lawrence Rouse and Lafayette A. Goldstone, the Nine Orchard hotel embodies downtown glamour.
The historic building, once the tallest structure in the neighborhood, sat empty for years collecting dust and falling into the annals of history. In 2011 the building was purchased by DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and slowly but surely restoration of the Beaux-Arts beauty began with the aid of architectural firm Studio Castellano. Over many years and painstaking attention to detail, the ornate structure was brought back to life. A once destroyed tempietto atop the roof even made its way back through a replica of the structure approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The 116-room hotel has now opened its doors and has begun entertaining visitors and New Yorkers alike. Offering several different dining options, the showstopper is the Lobby Lounge. With soaring ceilings and details rivaling Grand Central, the experience of sipping on a cocktail in a space with such grandeur is truly unmatched. The ornamentation alone could leave one’s jaw gapping for air. And the decor itself perfectly compliments the architecture. Not a single fabric, wood panel, or metal trimming feels out of place or in competition with its surroundings. Every inch of the historic building was well thought out and repurposed. Guests check in through the former teller window of the Jarmulowsky Bank.
Leta Austin Foster for Waterhouse Wallhangings
The Glam Pad is always on the pulse of our favorite designers new feats and releases. This week Palm Beach native and award-winning interior designer Leta Austin Foster has released her first-ever wallpaper line in collaboration with Waterhouse Wallhangings. The collection boasts 70 hand selected prints from the Waterhouse Wallhanging archives that were restored with the expertise and eye of Foster.
Waterhouse Wallhangings specializes in the reproduction of original wallpapers designs and prints imported from Europe that were first used in the United States around 1700-1895. These wallpapers originally adorned the walls of the noble and wealthy of Europe and then found a place in American decorative history. Leta Austin Foster’s playful flare and whimsy mixed with the tradition of Waterhouse makes for a superb dichotomy.
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