As the fourth consectutive post with the common link of decorating legend Billy Baldwin, The Devoted Classicist continues with a presentation of the furnishings of the Cap Ferrat villa La Fiorentina. Rebuilt and furnished by Roderick "Rory" Cameron and his mother Enid, Lady Kenmare, following World War II, the notable home was sold to Mary Wells and Harding Lawrence in 1970 with the Billy Baldwin interiors incorporating some of the Cameron-Kenmare decoration and furnishings. Following the 1999 sale of the furnished villa, the interior was gutted and the furnishings sold at a celebrated 2001 auction at Sotheby's New York. The following are selections from the catalog, Sale 7638, with the prices being the Hammer Price plus the Buyer's Premium.
|A marble sculpture by Andrea Cascella, 1920-1990, UNTITLED, in three parts, 24.25" high, $10,800.|
|A brown lacquer center table top, now without a base. 5 ft by 30.5 in, $1,080.|
|The Front Hall has walls that appear to be painted to resemble marble. No detailed photo is given for the Regency style tole peinte and glass hurricane lamp, but it is listed in the catalog, with a height of 30 inches and sold for $2,160.|
|A Louis XV style marble and composition console, 33.5" high, 7ft 3in wide, 23.5in deep. $69,750.|
|A marble bust of Cardinal Fesch, 19th century, attributed to the workshop of Antonio Canova (1757-1822), 29" high, $21,450.|
|A Louis XV style rusted bronze cut-glass eight light chandelier, 5ft 3in by 42 in. It appears that some of the crystal drops are missing in the catalog image, but note the bell-like covers for the concealed lights within the cage. $9,000.|
|The Master of the Liverpool Madonna (the name given to the anonymous painter active in Rome during the late 1490s), THE BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN, 62.5" by 45.5", $64,000.|
|The Dining Room as it appeared with the Billy Baldwin decoration for the Lawrences. The Devoted Classicist does not think the white curtains were a successful treatment in this case, and was thrilled, as chance would have it, that Toby Worthington submitted the photo below from the days of occupancy by Rory Cameron and Lady Kenmare.|
|A Venetian Twelve-light glass chandelier, modern, 4ft 4in high by 4ft 9in diameter, $9,600.|
A Louis XVI cream painted console desserte, late 18th century, together with a later copy, each with a white marble top. Painting refreshed. 32.5in high by 4ft 1.5in wide by 18.5in deep. $43,875.
|A faux marble center table, modern, with a glass top. There were three. All of the Dining Room furnishings date from the Cameron-Kenmare decoration except for the cloths below.|
|Three cream painted tables, modern, two with green and ivory silk fern pattern table cloths with an ivory placementre edge, together with a green damask lined table cloth. $3,600.|
|A tree-formed painted and parcel-gult side table, 30in high by 20.5in wide by 30.5in deep, $11,400.|
|A watercolor of a hawk by Van Day Truex, $6,000.|
|A Louis XVI white painted and black lacquer-mounted chaise. $10,800.|
This last chair is much appreciated among bloggers. The author of What Is James Wearing? revealed that he was the successful bidder of this chair and shows two similar chairs reproduced by the noted company Frederick P. Victoria & Son that were recently in a Christies auction. Dean Farris Style and The Peak of Chic have also featured this model, known as the Cole Porter chair, in posts on their blogs. More on remarkable chairs from Frederick P. Victoria & Son will be featured in upcoming posts of The Devoted Classicist.
Except as noted, all photos are from the Sotheby's sale catalog THE COLLECTION OF VILLA FIORENTINA with vintage copies available here.