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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!

AT GERALD BLAND

James Andrew at Gerald Bland. Photo by Larson Harley

James Andrew at Gerald Bland. Photo by Larson Harley

As an interior designer I’m always on the prowl for the most unique and sublime things for my clients. After all, that’s why they hire me! It’s what I have to do to create ravishing rooms for them.

To this end I’ve found a handful of antiques dealers who have the most exquisite eye – and we’ve featured many of them right here on WIJW! Today we celebrate the genius of Gerald Bland. He simply always has the most marvelous mix of styles and periods from 17th right on up to the 21st century – he loves to juxtapose modern art with antiques, brilliantly re-imagining pieces of antique furniture in contemporary ways.

Gerald Bland

Gerald Bland

With a museum curator’s knowledge of 18th century decorative arts – it’s not surprising that he ran the English furniture department at Sotheby’s for 10 years – Bland brings a rather fresh and fabulous take on antiques, making them perfectly at home with works by the likes of legendary ceramicist Eve Kaplan and other contemporary artists.

A visit to Gerald Bland is always a delight and an education. In an era that seems to have abandoned antiques, Bland masterfully demonstrates how we can live graciously surrounded by the beauty and soulfulness of pieces from bygone eras making them fresh and totally of today!

Gerald Bland

Gerald Bland


At Gerald Bland. Chippendale mahogany serpentine-fronted sofa. English, Circa 1770 Width: 86 inches Seat height: 17 in. Back height: 39 in.

At Gerald Bland. Chippendale mahogany serpentine-fronted sofa.
English, Circa 1770
Width: 86 inches Seat height: 17 in. Back height: 39 in.

Basking in the beauty at Gerald Bland I’m photographed (top) by the endlessly talented Larson Harley. I’m sporting a Tom Ford brown wool silk herringbone tweed jacket, brown micro check cotton shirt, brown wool knit tie and an ivory and brown silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps cufflinks in ebony, rosewood, sandalwood and walnut with citrines, Hermes “Deux Zones” Cape Cod watch, bespoke brown suede chukka boots by Awl And Sundry, brown watch wool tartan pants by Phineas Cole at Paul Stuart, and my fragrance is Tom Ford London.