Schiaparelli Auction at Christie’s Paris

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Last week, on January 23rd, Christie’s held an auction of Elsa Schiaparelli’s personal possessions at its Paris location. You can read a bit about the auction and see some images here, at the Christie’s website. If you’re anything of a Schiaparelli fan, you’ll enjoy the pictures and you’ll probably wish you could have seen the objects in person (and maybe purchased a little something!).

Let’s go fantasy-shopping! Here are just a few of my favorite listings in the auction catalogue…

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Like most perfume-obsessives, I admire Schiaparelli’s original Shocking perfume. The auction included a set of talcum-powder canisters from the Shocking collection. I wonder whether the scent of the powder still clings to them. I bet it does. In any case, the packaging design is still fun and fresh.

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How about some antique furniture from the Schiaparelli household? This meridienne-en-confidant would be perfect for lounging and sharing secrets with a dear friend. Imagine the conversations it has heard over the years!

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Of, for a touch of the exotic, here’s a pair of Italian carved-marble leopards. Schiaparelli displayed them in her salon. Each one is nearly two feet long, so they would add a dramatic (and stylish) touch to any room.

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Although this wasn’t specifically a costume auction, there was a small assortment of garments from the designer’s personal collection. I love the idea of an evening gown with a matching jacket, especially in Schiaparelli’s signature hot pink. I wish I could see the jacket’s ornamentation more closely. This ensemble is dated circa 1950.

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Schiaparelli seems to have loved her fur accessories; the auction included hats, gloves, and scarves from a variety of designers. If she were here in New York this winter, she’d be amply prepared for the record-low temperatures.

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More treats for my fellow lovers of vintage perfumes: the auction featured several original drawings and watercolors for Schiaparelli perfume ads. This is one of Marcel Vertès’s concepts for Sleeping.

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And another original Vertès, this one for Eau de Santé. (All Schiaparelli’s perfumes began with, or incorporated, the letter “S.”)

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The best for last: two bottles for Zut perfume, “a partly gilt glass perfume flaçon by Schiaparelli, 1948 and its 1998 re-edition.” So naughty, so chic. I also like the  tortoiseshell haircombs and the mirrored makeup case illustrated on this page.

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it?

Images: top image, portrait of Schiaparelli by Horst, 1937, via Christie’s website; auction catalogue photos by Tinsel Creation.

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3 thoughts on “Schiaparelli Auction at Christie’s Paris

  1. Nice. It actually reminds me of the Elizabeth Taylor auction at Christie’s in New York. I saw the items before the auction as part of a holiday event for alumni hosted by my grad school alma mater.

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