The private life of Mr. Blackwell at Bonhams

Fine European Furniture & Decorative Arts
3 Dec 2012
Los Angeles

Los Angeles – Bonhams is honoured to announce its December 3 auction of Fine European Furniture and Decorative Arts featuring property from the Estate of American fashion critic, television and radio personality, journalist, actor and designer, Richard Blackwell.

Launched in 1960, the "Ten Worst Dressed Women List" gained popularity over the years due in part to Mr. Blackwell's dynamic personality and his well placed jibes and jabs directed at celebrities such as Julie Andrews, Mariah Carey, Cher, Bo Derek, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Latoya Jackson, Dolly Parton, Debbie Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Nicollette Sheridan and Martha Stewart. The "List" as it was known to many, gained popularity and ran for many decades on radio, television and news services around the globe.

Andrew Jones, Los Angeles Director of European Furniture and Decorative Arts at Bonhams, said of the auction: "Bonhams is pleased to offer the Estate of Richard Blackwell in December. The works reflect his interest in rare and unique items. Blackwell's passion for beauty and quality are represented throughout the offering."

Often imitated but never duplicated, Mr. Blackwell lives on through his collection of furniture and decorative arts, showing an astute eye for quality and a passion for Parisian works of the 19th century.

Highlights from the Collection of Mr. Richard Blackwell include: a stunning French gilt bronze mounted porcelain urn form clock (est. $7,000-9,000); a fine quality Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted inlaid walnut commode by noted maker Paul Sormani (est. $6,000-8,000); a pair of handsome French gilt bronze five light candelabra (est. $3,000-5,000); a French patinated bronze figure of a shepherd boy and his dog, after a model by Eugene-Antoine Aizelin (est. $3,000-5,000) and a pair of wonderful quality Louis XVI style gilt bronze six light candelabra, F. Bardedienne foundry, Paris (est. $3,000-5,000), among others.

Additional works from the Estate of Mr. Blackwell will be offered during the November 11 Period Art & Design auction in Los Angeles.

The illustrated auction catalogue for this auction will be available online for review and purchase at in the weeks preceding the sale.

Preview: November 30-December 2, Los Angeles

Auction: December 3, Los Angeles


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