Russian Works of Art at Sotheby’s London

On June 2nd Sotheby’s London will auction the finest examples of four centuries of Russian decorative art. Encompassing over 110 items ranging from Fabergé pendants estimated at £3,000, to 17th century icons, enamelled champagne flutes, and a magnificent pair of silver six-light candelabra by Pavel Ovchinnikov estimated at £150,000-200,000. This sale is set to provide insight into Russian history and recapture the market’s interest.

086L15113_6KMMJ_EAn Imperial silver-gilt and cloisonné enamel triptych icon, Khlebnikov, Moscow, 1886, est. £100,000 — 150,000

Also up for auction are three exquisite works commissioned by the Romanoffs, offering a rare look into the life of the Imperial family. A writing cabinet from the 1840’s, a rare icon presented to a young Emperor Nicholas II on his eighteenth birthday and a hardstone parrot by Denisov-Uralsky once belonging to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna are among the treasures presented.

001L15113_7SP4B_A (2)A rosewood, porcelain and gilt-bronze writing cabinet, Peter and Ernst Gambs and the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St Petersburg, Period of Nicholas I (1825-1855), circa 1842, est. £150,000-200,000

055L15113_6LFBC_AAn Imperial hardstone figure of a parrot, Denisov-Uralsky, St Petersburg, 1913-1914, est. £80,000-120,000

The companies from the Sotheby’s International Realty network that will be attending the auction are ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Sotheby’s International Realty Inc., Sotheby’s International Realty United Kingdom and Sotheby’s International Realty Moscow.

Dining Al Fresco | Exquisite Outdoor Kitchens

There’s nothing quite liking enjoying a meal outdoors. Outfitted with all of the comforts and high-end appliances of an indoor kitchen while showcasing captivating views or tranquil surroundings, we’ve gathered below some outdoor kitchens from around the world to help discover the joys of dining al fresco.

California$3,100,000 USD | Santa Rosa, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

This gated estate is nestled in the heart of Wine Country. Tucked in a peaceful setting among spreading oaks and lush gardens, enjoy this inviting outdoor kitchen and dining space. Complete with fireplace, a sunlit brunch or evening dinner with your friends and family is easy to imagine in this wonderful space.

IsraelPrice Upon Request | Caesarea, Israel | Israel Sotheby’s International Realty

Perfect for viewing sunsets over the Mediterranean, this palatial home is in one of the most sought after regions in all of Israel. The specially constructed Viking outdoor kitchen will offer you and your guests the finest of meals as you dine poolside with views of the adjacent orchards and spice garden.

Arizona$2,975,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Overlooking the 3rd green of Monument Golf Course, this remarkably designed gated residence is a fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces. A complete outdoor kitchen and adjoining dining areas offer inspiring views of the surrounding landscape as the perfect meal is crafted and enjoyed. Experience breath-taking night skies while you take in dinner under the stars.

Canada1 295 000 $ CAD | British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

An enchanting home on historic Thetis Island, this is a timeless family retreat on the famed Clam Bay. A brand new outdoor kitchen and dining space complete with granite counters, barbeque and waterfront view is perfect for any meal of the day. Pick oysters and clams from your own beach and enjoy them fresh in this amazing space.

Earth Day | Eco-Friendly Homes

On Earth Day we celebrate our planet and demonstrate support for protecting the environment. The homes below reside at the crossroads of luxury real estate and eco-friendliness. With energy efficient systems and the use of all natural materials, these homes exemplify modern elegance and green living. Explore luxury eco-friendly homes.

Canada2 188 000 $ CAD| British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

British Columbia- One of the unique attributes of this modern luxury beachside house in White Rock is the ideal location which is less than 100 steps to West beach for easy access to seaside shops, restaurants and the pier. The home was built to maximize sea views and uses passive solar design and passive cooling to optimize air circulation and cleanliness. The home was built with the highest-tech solutions and also integrates Feng Shui elements.

Hawaii$3,440,000 USD | Kamuela, Hawaii | MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

Hawaii – Designed to be the penultimate fusion of privacy and self-sufficiency, this ocean view oasis is a modern, green escape. The indoor/outdoor kitchen, ocean lanai, and open living space showcase the creative mix of natural materials in wood, glass, bamboo and stone. A 30,000 gallon water tank, private well and 120 VAC photo voltaic system provide all the necessary components to maintain a luxuriously green lifestyle.

CostaRica$1,650,000 USD | Santa Ana, Costa Rica | Costa Rica Sotheby’s International Realty

Costa Rica – Located inside the gated eco-residential community of Villa Real, this Feng Shui designed home is outfitted for those looking for a green experience. Complete with state-of-the-art technology, automatic watering system, and situated for unrivaled vistas, this secure and tranquil property enjoys a deep fusion with the region’s natural elements.

KiawahIsland$2,450,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

South Carolina- Built in Indigo Park, Kiawah’s newest eco-friendly development, this home is LEED certified and was designed using the most sustainable building materials and earth friendly building practices. Notable green features include, integrated geothermal heating and cooling, maintenance-free NuCedar exterior shingles with a lifetime warranty, Energy Star appliances, UV reflective aluminum roof, closed cell foam insulation and a 220 watt outlet in the garage which will charge an electric car.

Sotheby’s Second Annual Designer Showhouse in New York

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For the second year, Sotheby’s is pleased to present the Designer Showhouse from April 11-19th. The event, which is sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., will feature thirteen interior designers and design firms who will each curate a room on the fifth floor exhibition space of the Manhattan headquarters. The objects, around 300 in all, come from myriad Sotheby’s departments – American Paintings, Silver, Photography, English Furniture, Carpets, 20th-century Design and more. The show will culminate with a dedicated auction on April 20th. Each space, ranging from a bedroom and living room, to a dining room and library will evoke the designer’s unique aesthetic.

See below for a sneak peek at some of the participating designers and photographs of their recent projects. Their completed designs will be unveiled at Sotheby’s on April 11th.

Kravis & Cullman Living Room

“We love mixing traditional art in a modern setting or hanging a contemporary painting over a beautiful 18th-century chest,” Elisa Cullman of Cullman & Kravis.

Piccione Dining Room

“I really love dining rooms,” says Russell Piccione, who believes that a home is not complete without “a space for the celebration of domestic rituals.”

Library

“The library as an independent space in the home remains very much in vogue in high-end residential design,” says Juan Carretero of New York firm Capital C Interiors.

Eric Cohler Family Room

“They want to live with what they love, but comfortably,” says the New York-based Eric Cohler of the couple he envisions inhabiting the Sotheby’s Showhouse.

Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse is open to the public Saturday, April 11th through Sunday, April 19th on the fifth floor exhibition space of the Manhattan headquarters located at 1334 York Avenue.

Serenity Now | Art & Home

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 Art & Home – April 2015

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month we’re showcasing tranquil, harmonious environments inspired by Asia that provide refuge from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

California$2,300,000 USD | Beverly Hills, California | Sotheby’s International Realty- Beverly Hills Brokerage

Because the external world seems to be in a perpetually chaotic and frenzied whirlwind, internally, serenity is always in style.Creating a calm, meditative state within one’s home with an environment that’s at once soothing, orderly and sophisticated, can be achieved by incorporating earthy colors with inspired furnishings and restrained accessories, so each room is a serene, tranquil haven.

Colorado$2,625,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

The hallmark of this approach: Asian-inspired décor, which utilizes classic elements from exotic nations such as China, Japan, India and Nepal: a Mongolian area rug; an antique, blue and white Chinese vase from the Ming Dynasty; a delicately hand-painted Japanese screen; an ornately carved console or chest.  The Zen is in the details. “Clients want touches, not whole spaces, to look Asian,” said French native interior designer Marie Burgos.

North Carolina$7,800,000 USD | Raleigh, North Carolina | Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty

So the key to a successful design is not to recreate period rooms, noted New York City interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield, but rather to employ economy of design with carefully selected, refined furnishings that have clean lines, combined with a selection of ornamental pieces, for an eclectic effect. “Contemporary Asian styling is less ornate than in previous years, less formal and rigid,” added Andrew Hunter of Sotheby’s International Realty in Thailand.

Thailand$9,750,000 USD | Phuket, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Additionally, the principles of feng shui are sometimes utilized to emphasize an uncluttered, open flow throughout the spaces, and to accentuate harmony and balance.  To that end, New York-based Burgos incorporates the five natural elements –wood, fire, earth, metal and water—in her home designs.  The elements needn’t be literal, she emphasized.  The earth, for instance, can be represented with a collection of terra cotta vases or stone tiles. Fire can come into play via an interpretive lighting fixture, while a pop of red in a painting can serve the same purpose.   But it’s best to keep the overall color palette in neutral tones to underscore the desired intent:  a peaceful space.

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Sotheby’s Celebrates Spring 2015 Asia Week NY

This week Sotheby’s celebrates Asia Week 2015 in New York by showcasing the cultures and art of Asia. With over a week of exhibitions, lectures, and events, the citywide program will also include various pieces up for auction. From Sakamoto Gorō and Classical Chinese Paintings, to early Ceramics from the Yang De Tang Collection and much more, the celebration is an extraordinary opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike. asiaweek_spring2015_banner_4.jpg.webrend.1920.350 Highlights Include:

003N09336_7YS3BA Rare Blue and White ‘Peony’ Jar, Guan | Yuan Dynasty | Estimate 1,000,000 – 1,500,00 USD

193N09319_7YSNYAn Important Thangka of the Vajradhatu Mandala | Tibet, 11th Century | Estimate 800,000 – 1,200,000 USD

N09317-295_webA Set of Four Famille-Rose ‘Eight Immortals’ Panels by Wang Qi (1884-1937) | Estimated 500,000 – 700,000 USD

 

Luxury Homes | Remarkable Space

With homes showcasing impressive design ingenuity and a minimalist style, the “tiny house movement” has been making headlines recently. Averaging 400 square feet, these miniature homes cater to modern lifestyles and offer a surprising amount of amenities within their restricted space. While we know luxury homes come in all shapes and sizes, imagine all the possibilities of having a larger home—such as your very own sauna room, a media room and even an art gallery to showcase your collection. We’ve gathered some extraordinary homes from our inventory so you can explore the vast amenities available with seemingly endless amounts of living space proving that sometimes, bigger just might be better!

estoniaPrice Upon Request | Harjumaa, Estonia | Baltic Sotheby’s International Realty

This uniquely designed Estonian villa’s two floors and forty-two rooms are spread out over more than 6,000 square feet. Entering the home you’ll be greeted with a large hall, featuring floor to ceiling windows that offer captivating views of the bay and the silhouette of Tallinn. With a spacious dining hall, cigar room, and sauna among its many rooms, this manor offers a variety of ways to expand and relax while enjoying the picturesque northern coast.

aucklandPrice Upon Request | Auckland, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Designed by award-winning architect Bryce Ardern, this 1800 square meter estate is unmatched in its capacity and splendor. Enjoy all 34 acres of waterfront, including your very own boutique winery, and take in unrivaled views across the Hauraki Gulf from the home’s elevated design. Complete with designer kitchen, home theater, conservatory, guest quarters and indoor heated swimming pool, this estate offers a multitude of space for you, your family, your friends, and all of your precious belongings.

dubaiPrice Upon Request | Dubai, UAE | Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty

Spread out and enjoy all 42,000 square feet of this unprecedented entertainment villa in Dubai. Overlooking the Montgomerie Golf Course and captivating Dubai skyline, this indulgent escape comes complete with a state-of-the-art home cinema, cigar room, art gallery, spa, and multiple lounge areas for hosting and relaxation. Gold and pearl floors, custom Louis Vuitton furniture, and one-of-a-kind artwork by Vincent Lowe compliment the opulence of this home’s robust offering and showcase the seemingly unending space you have to work with.

idaho$5,750,000 USD | Sun Valley, Idaho | Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty

Defining the Sun Valley lifestyle, this 2.5-acre Ranch is a contemporary take on classic mountain living. Feel at home on the Lane Ranch Cliffs with a gourmet kitchen, five bedrooms, seven garages, two wine cellars, four fireplaces, and an elegant great room with soaring cathedral ceilings. Share your tremendous space with family and friends in the private guest quarters, and spend some quality time under the sun or stars in the exquisitely designed outdoor spaces.

Belle of the Ballroom | Back en Vogue

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month we’re showcasing exquisite ballrooms found in some our most sought after, exclusive international properties. From Tuscany and the Czech Republic to Houston and New York, ballrooms are back in vogue.

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Among the labyrinth of rooms that make up grand old estates, none is more evocative than the ballroom. You can practically hear the orchestra, feel the rhythm and see the dancers in flickers of gloriously bygone images.

Italy25.000.000 € EUR | Lucca, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

These Downton Abbey-worthy dance halls are legacies of a time when formal entertaining at home was common and square footage was considerable. Ballrooms demanded generous, obstruction-free dimensions with high ceilings for optimal acoustics.

NewYork$12,000,000 USD | Lloyd Harbor, NY | Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

Grand and gilded ballrooms have largely gone the way of drawing rooms, fainting rooms, cloakrooms. Chambers given over to the sole pleasures of music and dance are extravagances are now near exclusive to hotels and private clubs. Modern life is lived less formally and more intimately with a lot more entertainment options than gliding across the hardwoods in three-quarter time.

KlecanyPrice Upon Request  | Central Bohemia, Czech Republic | Czech Republic Sotheby’s International Realty

Some residential ballrooms have been repurposed for more practical activities like playrooms, gymnasiums or home theaters. Others have been partitioned into cozier spaces. And yet in some homes, ballrooms are enjoying an afterlife.

Texas$43,000,000 USD| Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

Martha Turner, founder and co-presidentof Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty in Houston, Texas, can tick off a number of estates with private ballrooms still used in ways that honor their original intention. The very first home she sold was an early 20th century residence in the prestigious Courtlandt Place Historic District with a third-floor ballroom that remains in tact. Examples span the decades. A modern Versailles-inspired chateau on the market for $43 million–Houston’s priciest ever–features a breathtaking ballroom among its many public spaces. The current homeowners use it for large-scale entertaining, concert performances and charity galas. And then there’s a pair of would-be Fred and Gingers so passionate about dancing that when they couldn’t find an existing residence for sale with a ballroom, they decided to construct a new one.

Connecticut$5,200,000 USD | Greenwich, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

If you build it, they will rumba.

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Modern European Homes

Out with old and in with the new; for many years, styles emanating from Europe have dictated design worldwide. While some trends show that modernizing older styles or finding sophistication and comfort in historically inviting properties is on the rise, architects and designers continue to push the envelope in European countries.With unique shapes, lots of 90-degree angles, energy efficiency, and monochrome color palettes, the modern style is an intriguing look into what the future of home design may bring. Explore the homes below that exhibit the one-of-a-kind design facets that make modern architecture so captivating.

Brussels_BelgiumPrice Upon Request | Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

In the Vivier d’Oie quarter of Brussels, this five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa is a quintessential modern home. Complete with low-energy amenities, under floor heating, and sharp cubic design, this contemporary property offers “Modern Living 101” for the uninitiated. With enormous glass walls, high ceilings, and minimalistic design cues, this Belgian home is exquisite.

Paris_France2.500.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

While offering an elegant panoramic view from the terrace on the outside, this Parisian duplex apartment eloquently spins modern living in France. The prominently featured steel and wood spiral staircase, glass fixtures, large windows, and monochromatic color palette are all inherently modern. Minimalistic furnishings and the use open space complete picturesque modern European living.

Megeve_FrancePrice Upon Request | Megeve, France | Propriétés de Megève Sotheby’s International Realty

With completely custom design, nature’s soaring mountains cradle this inviting take on modern style. Uniquely crafted design blends minimalist and modern luxuries with panoramic views making this unforgettable home an escape nestled in the Mont Blanc.

Gavirate_ItalyPrice Upon Request | Varese, Italy | Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty

This prestigious property is characterized by a pure and minimalist modern design, cutting-edge technology, and a spectacular view of the Lake of Varese. A wholly unique iron and glass staircase leads to the first floor from the open space ground floor entrance. Geothermal, solar and seasonal air-conditioning with winter heating and summer cooling, centralized vacuum cleaner, automatic motorized blinds, and rainwater recycling for irrigation are among the energy efficient amenities offered by this captivating home.

Modernizing the Classic Craftsman

Craftsman style homes have a rich history dating back to the 1920’s. Uniquely joining interior and exterior design cues while using signature architectural motifs like exposed beams or rafters and prominent brick or stonework, craftsman homes are once again finding themselves at the forefront of luxury real estate. According to the Wall Street Journal, the modern craftsman home is, “growing in popularity: Houseplans.com, a large online seller of blueprints, said 25% of the plans it sold in the last quarter were craftsmen.”  As seen in the homes below, the addition of modern touches like high ceilings, the use of natural light, modern amenities and brighter colors add enduring qualities the classic craftsman design and make for a unique living space.

Lyme_CT$1,750,000 | Lyme, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Prominently featuring a relocated and rebuilt blacksmith’s shop from 1750, this modern craftsman home is the amalgamation of classic elements and modern design motifs. With soft white walls, high ceilings highlighting the exposed wooden rafters and a plethora of natural light exposure, this pictured sitting area has the enduring timelessness of a craftsman home while also feeling vibrantly modern at the same time.

SaltLakeCity_UT$1,700,000 | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Understated elegance, contemporary clean lines and a true appreciation of craftsman design combine to offer a tranquil retreat in the gorgeous Mt. Olympus Cove area of Utah. Basking elegantly in the softly penetrating natural light, this modern take on the craftsman is captivating. The nearly floor to ceiling stone-faced hearth centered between the large windows is an inspiring twist that modernizes the overall design.

SandySprings_GA$1,780,000 | Sandy Springs, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Highlighting the use of one of the more recognizable craftsmen features, this Georgian home sits on more than one wooded acre north of Atlanta. The exquisitely detailed beams above the entrance, the external brick and stonework walls, and exposed wooden accents are all distinctly craftsman. From the outside looking in, the overall shape and large windows offer a modern touch on an otherwise classic look.

Charlotte_NC $1,500,00 | Charlotte, North Carolina | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled on 2.6 acres, this modern craftsman’s outdoor living space brilliantly displays its enduring features. While the stonework hearth and exposed ceiling rafters are indicative of the classic craftsman design, the invigorating use of natural light and lofting high ceilings add a luxuriously modern twist. Thinking outside of the box allows this design to reflect that of the overall home’s while still being wholly unique and contemporary.

Siena_Italy$3,911,502 | Siena, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

While not necessarily a craftsman style home, this 480 square meter Tuscan farmhouse showcases some qualities cut from the same cloth as a modern craftsman. The stainless kitchen appliances coupled with the exposed stone ceilings and floors pictured in this kitchen are the kinds of style modification found in more contemporary craftsman homes. The large window over the sink allows for a wealth of natural light to fill the room and helps create an inviting atmosphere.

Calgary_Alberta_Canada$1,674,826 | Calgary Alberta, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This warm, inviting and energy efficient Canadian home is an exquisite modern craftsman. Inside and out, this home’s features blend old and new seamlessly. The exposed beams, prominent stonework, soft color, modern amenities, and large windows throughout the design of the home speak to everything that a modern craftsman can and should be. Enjoy the comfort and warmth offered in front of the walk around stone fireplace while taking in the hillside vistas from the surrounding windows in this living space.