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The Collection of Michael Simon at Christie’s

James Andrew at the Christie's warehouse. Photograph by Gabriel Everett.

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I’m a huge fan of the work of interior designer Michael Simon. With a museum curator’s knowledge of 18th century French decorative arts and expertise in multiple design idioms, Simon integrates the most exquisite elements from the past into interiors that are both forward thinking and totally right for how people want to live today.

Needless to say, Simon has amassed a rather spectacular collection of the best in classical French antiques. And now, luckily for us, Simon is in the process of editing his collection in order to make room for new acquisitions and is offering a brilliant selection of pieces at an upcoming Christie’s auction (Tuesday 7 June 2011)

It’s an extraordinary chance for collectors to procure pieces that have met Simon’s high personal standards—I’ve included a few of my favorites to tempt you. This is a not to be missed auction, and I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Photo credit Christies's Images Ltd, 2011

A FRENCH GREY-PAINTED DOG HOUSE (NICHE EN TABOURET) SUPPLIED BY FREDERICK P. VICTORIA, 20TH CENTURY. Of Louis XVI style, with molded frame and cabriole uprights, covered in grey gilt tooled leather with gilded nailheads, with slate blue silk interior, inscribed with black ink number R 1051 to underside.
Estimate: $3,000 – 5,000

Photo credit Christies's Images Ltd, 2011

A LOUIS XV GILT-TOLE AND WROUGHT-IRON MIRROR, MID-18TH CENTURY. The frame cast overall with scrolling foliage, mirror plates replaced probably in the 19th century.
Estimate: $30,000 – 50,000

Photo credit Christies's Images Ltd, 2011

A FRENCH GREY-PAINTED BERGERE, CIRCA 1900. The curved frame carved with overlapping flowers and ribbons, with scrolled arms and cabriole legs, upholstered in slate blue silk velvet.
Estimate: $2,000 – 3,000

Photo credit Christies's Images Ltd, 2011

A RUSSIAN ORMOLU, CLEAR AND AMETHYST CUT-GLASS LANTERN, CIRCA 1790. With berried leaf cast wheels and diamond chains, with amethyst glass vase and corona, hung overall with amethyst and clear glass drops, the central flame finial possibly with some alterations.
Estimate: $40,000 – 60,000

Getting an exclusive preview of Simon’s upcoming auction, I’m photographed at Christie’s warehouse considering an important Louis XVI Canape. I’m wearing a Tom Ford brown plaid suit in linen, silk and cashmere, Turnbull and Asser shirt in turquoise herringbone cotton with contrast white collar and french cuffs , brown silk satin tie by Ralph Lauren, Seaman Schepps precious turquoise cuff links, turquoise and brown silk pocket square and saddle leather loafers both Tom Ford, my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.


  1. Not only does Michael Simon have exquisite taste, but he is a true gentleman. Great post!

  2. Danny says:

    Chic, chic, chic!!!! Great colour toning.. and a neat new hair cut!

    BTW; Is it just me or does the cushion on the bergere need to be winded? Either that or its pregnant….

  3. Dean says:

    Dear James and WIJW,

    Another fantastic post! Yes, Michael is so talented, and I also agree with reggie and danny…I do very much like your new dandy coif as well…great to see you looking so well dear james!

    Dean in Florida

  4. Love the gold-tooled leather Michael used as upholstery for our dog bed. Didn’t know the sale was coming up – thanks James!

  5. Christian Fuchs says:

    love your new haircut my dear James! you look stunning!

  6. Lola Montes says:

    Qué maravillosas piezas, cómo me encantaría estar en esa subasta!



  7. Nice new hair cut, mister!

  8. jon k says:

    that will get ya hard

  9. James Andrew says:

    Well hello Jon K,

    So happy to hear we have that effect on you!



  10. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Lieber James,

    Das sind ja wunderbare Sachen! Ich hätte gerne ein Paar für meine neue Wohnung!



  11. Maria La Torre says:

    Hola James! Qué lindo corte de pelo, te ves magnífico, te ves muy bien rodeado de tantos objetos hermosos!

  12. Tom Cavendish says:

    amazing mirror!

  13. Pearl Hammond says:

    Thank you for sharing so many wonderful things with us James!

  14. Dean says:

    Its the stuff dreams are made of…

  15. James Andrew says:


    Thank You!

    Truly a sublime collection of pieces!



  16. Nick Zantop says:

    One of your best photos yet James!

  17. Sam Katz says:

    I agree with blogger number one – not only does Michael Simon have exquisite taste and extraordinary talent, he is one of the kindest and most sincere people on the planet. And I may have to have that dog bed. Will flattery get me anywhere when the hammer comes down?!

  18. Marc de Paris says:

    Amazing discoveries. You made a very clever choice of rare and surprising pieces of furniture from our “Siècle des Lumières”.

    Looking forward to introduce you to Madame de Pompadour or Marie-Antoinette…

  19. little augury says:

    each piece is exquisite-and the grey and blue with an amethyst twist suit me to a t. pgt

  20. James Andrew says:

    Hello PGT,

    This is one of my favorite color palettes.



  21. Eric Kipp says:

    I can’t help but to notice a color story developing from the pictures in this post. It looks like Michael Simon has great ability in finding amazing pieces, however you look as though you already live in the world he was trying to create. I think that already speaks to your ability as a designer and how you are able to relate the environment to the subject (and vice versa) I would be very interested in participating in an auction that you curate.

    Bold patterns done in a way that is still classic and elegant.
    Well Done!

    Best Regards,

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