At 5pm this evening (January 23rd) on 9 avenue Matignon, Christie’s Paris will put a selection of Elsa Schiaparelli’s personal collection on auction—an event that should not to be missed if you’re in Paris.
The collection comes via Elsa Schiaparelli’s granddaughter, the actress Marisa Schiaparelli Berenson, who donated a selection of personal objects comprising approximately 190 lots, which include fine art, furniture, and clothing—a combination of Elsa Schiaparelli’s own designs, alongside other ethnic costumes and personal pieces.
The highlights of the selection include one-of-a-kind collector pieces, such as two of Schiaparelli’s 20th century Hammamet robes, a violet silk blouse from the famed 1939 Astrology Collection, an Alberto Giacometti bronze floor-lamp from 1936, and a 1931-dated Man Ray picture of Elsa Schiaparelli wearing her own design, amongst many others. These pieces are estimated to range in value from US $10,000 to over US $100,000 (AED/SAR 36,500 to AED/SAR 365,000+)
Schiaparelli is famous for her avant-garde ideas of surrealist art—her collaborations with famous artists include Salvador Dalí and Man Ray— which she incorporated into her own, cutting-edge fashion designs.