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RETURNING TO CARLTON HOBBS WITH LARSON HARLEY

James Andrew at Carlton Hobbs. Photo by Larson Harley

James Andrew at Carlton Hobbs. Photo by Larson Harley

Many of our WIJW readers will recall a lovely piece we did some time ago promoting the superlative Carlton Hobbs Gallery at The Winter Antiques Show. Revisit it here: Soon, The Winter Antiques Show, Young Collectors Night! We were fortunate enough to be captured then at Carlton Hobbs by the superb photographer, Larson Harley.

With the great success of that last post, I was thrilled to return recently to celebrate Carlton Hobbs and again have the opportunity to work with Larson Harley. Our best blog posts are a combination of exceptional location, ensemble and brilliant photographer – dressing up to go to the Carlton Hobbs Gallery with photographer Harley is the perfect trifecta!

At the Carlton Hobbs Gallery.

At the Carlton Hobbs Gallery.

At the Carlton Hobbs Gallery.

At the Carlton Hobbs Gallery.

Located in the former home of the illustrious socialite, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt, Carlton Hobbs Gallery provides the most brilliant backdrop for so many rare 17th, 18th, and 19th century objects and works of art. It is a delight to visit them – one is always rendered breathless by the beauty of it all.

Detail of a George III birdcage tripod table top set with a decorative scheme employing Chinese and Japanese ceramic fragments and mother of pearl at Carlton Hobbs

Detail of a George III birdcage tripod table top set with a decorative scheme employing Chinese and Japanese ceramic fragments and mother of pearl at Carlton Hobbs

Detail of an exquisite Adelaide Green porcelain tabletop by Copeland & Garrett at Carlton Hobbs.

Detail of an exquisite Adelaide Green porcelain tabletop by Copeland & Garrett at Carlton Hobbs.

If one is in need of the unusual and the sublime certainly Carlton Hobbs should be at the top of the list!

For the above image (top), I’m feeling like a bohemian aristocrat surrounded by so much splendor! I’m sporting a Moroccan style bottle green velvet jacket from De Velasco Tangier, Tom Ford purple cashmere turtleneck sweater and leopard slippers, Phineas Col, Paul Stuart wool tartan pants, Cartier Tank Divan watch, and my fragrance is “Fucking Fabulous” from Tom Ford.

BOUGIES RIGAUD

Bougies Rigaud candle in my home.

Bougies Rigaud candle in my home.

I can clearly remember the first time I came across the ravishing scent of a Rigaud “Cyrpes” candle. It was in the home of a most divine doyenne friend of mine, and absolutely the epitome of WASP chic. From then on I’ve always had Rigaud Cypres at home.

Rigaud candles are burning fragrances from a perfumer with a 166 year history, and they’ve been a favorite of some major style icons like Diana Vreeland who’d have the original scent, “Green Cypress,” burning at the Vogue offices in New York. And when Jacqueline Kennedy discovered that the French Ambassador fancied Rigaud for their New York offices – she brought Rigaud candles to the White House. The list goes on. Suffice it to say, Rigaud has developed a fabulous following of global glitteratti!

There are now many other fragrances available from Rigaud. Some of my favorites are Tournesol, Rose, and of course Gardenia (especially with the gold cap and base that I have photographed in my home above).

In the world of luxury candles, Rigaud certainly stands out. Why not scent your home with a few of these classic beauties?!

For the picture above, you’ll note that I’ve flanked a Rigaud Gardenia candle with a pair of Jean Roger frogs – classic French chic at its best!