Last month, Christies held an impressive sale titled, Living with Art, which included an incredible selection of furnishings and art from two significant properties. A Oklahoma estate designed by Stephen Sills and the legendary, Villa Hesperides in Montecito, California. There were a number of items that were surprisingly affordable, given their provenance and exquisite quality. In fact, I was beyond thrilled to acquire the set of four French mahogany fauteuils below for my own home. How wonderful it is to own a set of chairs from such an extraordinary collection by one of my all time favorite designers, Stephen Sills!
I always like to see the furnishings in situ, which bring them to life and create a sense of context. The Architectural Digest article on Villa Hesperides left an indelible impression on me when I was a young design student and helped shape my love for classical interiors, architecture and antiquities.
A MAGNIFICENT OKLAHOMA ESTATE BY STEPHEN SILLS
A Northern Italian painted brown and pace gilt mirror
Early 18th century
A set of four French Empire mahogany fauteuils.
A Pair of Directoire grey painted and parcel gilt chaises gondole
A Pair of Queen Anne grey painted center tables
17th early 18th Century
A pair of monumental crystal chandeliers by André Arbus
A pair of South German painted console tables
A set of four Italian white marble columns with urns
A pair of Queen Anne style mirrors
All photos above by François Halard and are featured in Stephen Sills Decoration
VILLA HESPERIDES IN MONTECITO
A pair of Italian Carrara marble terms on pedestals
A pair of Northern Italian painted and parcel gilt armchairs
An Italian gilt wood pier mirror
Tuscany, late 18th century
An Italian painted and parcel gilt daybed
Early 19th century
Photography by John Vaughan for Architectural Digest
Interior Design by Craig Wright