19 February 2013

Charlotte, Charlotte, Charlotte–Own a Piece of Her!

 

 

Charlotte_Moss

Ms. Charlotte Moss, the dynamic interior designer, author, photographer, gardener, and philanthropist.

 

It amazes me to realize we are now entering our fourth year at the Skirted Roundtable.  Wow.  Time sure flies.  It all started when Linda Merrill approached me about joining her in hosting an internet talk show.  I then begged her to ask my virtual friend and blogger Megan Arquette to come on board, because Megan had a way of making me laugh myself silly late at now while we texted each other.   And, that’s not really easy to do.   Of course, this was before Megan married Nick and all that late night texting ended because she now had better things to do.   Too bad I didn’t!!!

 

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Our first recording was done while I was hiding out in the bathroom from my noisy family during a stay at a hotel in Ft. Worth.   In the beginning, we recorded every week – and we picked two topics which we would discuss for just 15 minutes each.  Things have really changed!  Now, we don’t record nearly as often – because we try to book guests for a full hour.   If memory serves me correctly, Charlotte Moss was out first “celebrity” guest.  I remember being nervous as hell.   We promised her the interview would last just 30 minutes, but instead we took the whole hour which unintentionally became our new format. 

 

 

 

 If you would have told me back then in 2009, that almost four years later we would be interviewing Miss Moss again, I wouldn’t have believed it.  But, here it is, another hour with the multi-talented Charlotte.   She has a new book out entitled “A Visual Life” that is filled with her own lush photographs taken on her travels, and her personal collages.   The entire book is really like one big collage – there are so many images to take in, you need to go through the book several times just to see everything.  As usual, Charlotte was engaging and interesting and the hour flew by.  I think you will really enjoy this one – she was relaxed and talkative, the best combination. 

Please join Linda, Megan and I as we welcome Charlotte Moss back to the Skirted Roundtable, HERE.

 

Charlotte Moss and Century Furniture

 

And, if you love Charlotte’s style as much as I do, you will be thrilled to know that Doyle New York, the auction house,  will be auctioning furniture and accessories from Charlotte’s personal collection.  The catalogue has so many fabulous items, I even registered to try my hand at a few pieces.   In the catalogue, Charlotte says the auction came about because it was time to edit, plus she wanted to do some redecorating.  It was fun for me to match up pieces up for auction with pictures from her NYC townhouse, and it’s obvious she is planning a new dining room!!

 

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Charlotte’s dining room has DeGournay wallpaper and curtains.  These two pagoda styled chandeliers are in the sale.   The set of four French tole sconces seen hanging on the right are also in the sale.

 

 

 

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Doyle will be auctioning four panels of these De Gournay curtains – notice the lime green silk lining!  Two of these gorgeous George III styled pedestals are also in the sale.

 

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The marble top console with mirror are up for bid at the Doyle auction.

 

 

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The mirror has five pedestals that hold small flower pots – so charming!  The pair of porcelain urns are also for sale. 

 

 

 

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Her gorgeous living room is getting an update too – a pair of these incredible Italian consoles are for sale.  I’ve loved these for years and only wish I could afford them!!!  The estimate is $10,000-15,000 – but I’m sure they will go for much, much more.  Stunning!!!   The chinoiserie urn underneath has a low estimate of $800.   The large Oushak rug is also in the sale, along with the gilt pagoda and its nearby 16” lamp.  In this photo, it looks like Charlotte has already made a few changes.  There is a new mirror and the painting over the console is also a recent addition.   I’m so anxious to see what she is going to do with her townhouse after the sale.

 

 

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Here  you can see the former mirror and the two paintings that are no longer there.  Such a beautiful room!!!  Just can’t understand why she is selling those consoles though – I can’t wait to see what she will replace them with!!

 

 

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These large Chinese urns found in Charlotte’s entry hall are on the chopping block too – pictured in the catalogue with their white pedestals.

 

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In the entry by the front door,  this pair of walnut hall chairs are up for bid. 

 

 

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There are several guest rooms in the townhouse, including this one – with paisley wall coverings and fabrics.   The painted tole lantern is an auction item.

 

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Against the wall, on the table is a painted terra cotta bust of an African child – available for sale at the auction.    And, the red chinoiserie two tiered table is also listed in the catalogue.  It’s gorgeous.

 

 

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Charlotte’s study is a beautiful room in blues and whites. 

 

 

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Against the back wall is her desk and beautiful console.  Photographs and prints of influential women line the walls.

 

 

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Her study really shows her personal aesthetic – there’s no room for minimalism in her décor.  This is the room where she creates her collages. 

 

                 imageWant to take home a piece of Charlotte Moss?  The pair of iron sconces are listed in the auction.

 

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In Charlotte’s master bedroom sitting room, the cream coffee table is in the auction catalogue.  The top has a hand painted Oriental panel.  Also listed is the small cane chair.

 

            

                                                                             

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At Moss’ house in the Hamptons, she used her Digby fabric from Brunschwig and Fils.  Two drapery panels in this fabric are listed in the catalogue.

 

 

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Over the years, Charlotte has often participated in the famous Kips Bay Showhouse.   Pictured above, her contribution in 2009 was this his and hers master suite.  This photograph became the cover of her book: Charlotte Moss Decorates.

 

 

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Some of the furniture and accessories found in these rooms are in the auction.   The Michael Devine linen curtains are for sale – four panels.

 

 

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This beautiful day bed with canopy is included in the auction.

 

 

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The gilt lamp shown on the desk is listed in the auction catalogue.  The black marble topped Regency styled metal side table – sold as a pair – is also in the auction catalogue.

 

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Against the back wall is this vignette – the 19th century iron console is listed in the catalogue.  So pretty!!!

 

 

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There are two of these white consoles for sale.   Love Michael Devine’s mauve fabric  HERE.

 

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The 2008 Kips Bay room by Charlotte was a pied de terre.   Casual with wicker sofas and Pierre Frey fabrics, red was an accent color. 

 

 

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One red lacquered low table is up for bid at the auction. 

 

 

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Behind the sofa was this wonderful Louis XV black and gilt mounted bureau plat which is now available for sale!

 

 

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The dressing room of the pied de terre featured even more Pierre Frey linen fabric.  There are four drapery panels in this fabric in the catalogue.

 

 

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Perhaps the prettiest and most well known Kips Bay room was this bedroom that Charlotte designed.  The canopy bed sits in the middle of the room.   The ottoman becomes the side table. 

 

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On the right is a green skirted table and on the left is a chaise and secretary.  Love the old books used as an end table.

 

 

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Flanking the door are two pink handpainted panels.  The étagère in the corner is gorgeous!

 

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View of the skirted table.

 

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Such a beautiful room! 

 

 

 

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This room was created in 2008 – and this chair, blue velvet with fringe, is listed in the catalogue!!  I think it’s the only item from the room in the sale, but I could be wrong.  See if you can find an item from this room that I missed.

 

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Another view of the blue chair.

 

 

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For 2012 Kips Bay Showhouse, Charlotte turned the master suite into a conservatory.   All furniture came from her line at Century.    On the left side of the wall, the triptych of 9’ tall, extra large photographs of Le Vieux Logis  - photographed by Charlotte Moss - are in the sale, along with both the big and small birdcages and the lamp. 

 

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The white tables, chairs and sofa all came from her Century Furniture line.    On the left, the Regency styled library table is listed for sale in the catalogue.  It’s a real beauty, too.

 

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The enlarged triptych photograph is so beautiful.  Stunning.

 

 

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Here  you can see the beautiful library table up close, in case you are interested in bidding on it!

 

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Also for sale is this Delft polychrome lamp.

 

 

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In the conservatory bathroom, Moss used prints on canvas from the Fables of Fontaine.  Measuring 54”x41” – three are listed for sale in the auction.

 

 

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For the 2012 Holiday House, Charlotte designed this room.  Several items are now for sale, including the blue velvet French bench at the end of the bed.  Layered over the sisal rug is an Oushak, which I believe is the one that was in her living room.  It’s also for sale.    The canopy bed comes from Ms. Moss’ furniture line for Century. 

 

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The barrel back club chair, designed by Moss, is for sale at Doyle’s auction.  In the corner, the gilt fluted wood column is also listed in the catalogue.

 

 

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For a previous Holiday House, Charlotte designed this large room with a hunting lodge theme in sunny golds and forest greens.  Two gorgeous gilt framed mirrors set in niches anchored the room.  Next to the white slipcovered chair, the Regency mahogany occasional table is listed in the catalogue.  Also, on the green skirted table are a pair of 25” antler candlesticks up for bid.

 

 

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On each side of the fireplace is this six-sided Bourne – which is available at the auction to be bid on.  Additionally the cognac colored silk armchair is also for sale.  Above the Bourne, the three light antler sconce is listed – as a pair. 

 

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And another view of the Bourne, the antler sconce and the arm chair – all in the auction catalogue.

 

 

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On the skirted table, the smaller wood model is listed for sale.

 

 

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Charlotte Moss designed a model apartment which was shown in Veranda.  The two Italian paintings, 20th century, are listed in the catalogue.  To die for!!!  The pair of 19” Italian painted and gilt lamps are also up for bid.

 

 

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Against this wall in the apartment are a set of framed dioramas.  For sale, there are two similar sets.

 

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And more of the dioramas for sale.  

 

There is so much more for sale, but I couldn’t match the rest of the items up.  You might want to see if you can match more items than I did.  The Doyle New York catalogue is online or you can order one.  Register to pre bid.  I’m going to.  I have my eye on a chinoiserie box.    For more information on the auction, go HERE.

 

To order Charlotte Moss’ latest book, just click on the picture.

To order Charlotte Moss Decorates, click the picture below:

 

And to order my personal favorite, Winter House, all about her former Aspen home, click below: 

 

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And, don’t forget to listen to the latest interview with Charlotte Moss on the Skirted Roundtable.  It’s a very interesting hour spent with a fascinating woman HERE.

 

And to listen to the original 2009 interview with Charlotte, go HERE.

 

35 comments:

  1. Hello, my beautiful Joni!

    What a gorgeous post! Charlotte is pure inspiration! I love her work!

    Wishing you a very blessed week!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  2. Going through these photographs has been so much FUN. Seeing the items in situ is special.

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  3. Good grief...how does one "improve upon perfection?!?!" These photos are stunning!! Guess we "wait and see...." franki

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  4. I applaud her for freshening things up/mixing things up a bit. Creatives have to have a project!

    I am sure the new rooms will soon wow us all yet again. Any idea who will get the publishing honors magazine-wise?

    Best, Ellen

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  5. I can not imagine how she will redo her beautiful spaces. I wish I had the budget for ANYTHING she is selling. Just to have a piece of her wiould be a treasure. Thanks for showing us all of this. Just seeing the pictures is a real treat. XO, Pinky

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  6. Can't wait to listen! Love this post Joni- its a book in its own right;)

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  7. I adore her style + this article was amazing. Can't wait to listen to your interview. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  8. Joni I am so thrilled you got advance pics of Charlotte's auction! When I first got wind of the auction on her website there was very little on the Doyle site. I'll see if I can wiggle the ok from hubby to bid on things they are divine! thanks for a great post. Kris in Seattle

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  9. I wrote about the very same auction yesterday - (http://thesavvyseeker.com/2013/02/18/auctioning-charlotte-moss-collection/) Great minds think alike! I am curious to know if she's every participated in such a large auction of her personal items before? And what made her select Doyle to represent her? I think it's fabulous that folks can participate and bid to own a piece of decorating history:) She really is a master at her craft and has inspired thousands across the globe.

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  11. Hi Joni! Come to New York!! Coincidentally, I just went to Doyle yesterday to pick up a piece I bought from the Merriweather-Post auction! I got a sneak peek at all the goodies and plan on going to her sale. I'm always on the hunt for an auction buddy. No one here ever wants to go! -Sue

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  12. Dear Joni - First, congratulations on interviewing Charlotte Moss, again. Look forward to enjoying that piece tonight when I have some quiet time.

    I didn't know about the auction at Doyle! WOW!! I'm definitely going to register and try my luck. Can't wait to get the catalog.

    Thanks for this fabulous post on one of the design world's most elegant, classy and admired legend.

    Warm greetings,
    Loi
    PS - I miss her townhouse shop in NYC.

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  13. Hi - Beautiful pictures. I so appreciate The Skirted Roundtable - you all do a great job, its so informative and you can't get this sort of thing anywhere else - I am always telling people about it! I do like Charlotte Moss' work...I don't know about HER though - I think she could be a real bitch! Oh well, whatever. I have not purchased her new book - I was disappointed with Bunny William's Scrapbook For Living (I may have that title wrong) and I wonder if Charlotte's new book is much the same - rehash of her work over the years, etc... Is it me or does it seem that Bunny and Charlotte are always in competition - rather Charlotte is trying to outdo Bunny??? They certainly have similar design sensibilities.

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  14. Joni, I recently found your blog and I'm obsessed! Excited about the auction! :) We were just transferred to Philadelphia {5th transfer since 2002!} for my husband's job. We will be moving into our new construction carriage/row home in about 4-weeks. Now that I've spent hours reading your blog, I'm returning the braided jute rugs I ordered from Horchow and have been on a quest to locate a local company to custom cut the seagrass rugs. However, my mission so far has been unsuccessful; hence, I may be forced to order the seagrass rugs online. I've found several companies, but I want to make sure the 'plain Jane' weave you spoke about in a past post is the 'half Panama' weave? This is the weave that looks most like the image of the 'plain Jane' in your blog article...some of the names of the different weaves are Aspen, Alps, Everest, Half Panama (again, this looks like the weave you suggest), Basketweave & Beach. If you do know, I'd certainly appreciate you confirming...please and thank you, Joni! :) I'm so happy I found your blog...being a Southern girl from NOLA, it feels like a little piece of home! :)

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    1. Don't any of your carpet stores have Seagrass? I live in northern Ca. In a small town and all carry many Seagrass carpets that can be custom cut or installed wall to wall. I'm using them in our new home as well:)

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    2. Thanks so much for the suggestion! :) Great idea! We're doing hand scraped oak throughout, but are using a carpet/tile store for back splash and bathrooms! I'll be calling tomorrow. :)

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  15. I sure hope she isn't changing her style to the all white Scandinavian/gustavian look that all decorators seem to be falling towards. Even though I do think it is nice it wouldn't be the same when I think of Charlotte Moss.

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  16. what a treasure chest! Everyone of us would love to seel our old stuff' for the new look. But with all of that,, you risk cutting the family roots, to the point of no return Lots of pretties!

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  17. Joni, I'm in love! Charlotte Moss has had such a profound influence on me. No one else can create traditional interiors that feel as vibrant and current as hers. I love the way she mixes patterns and juxtaposes color in her interiors, and I could study her books for hours. I'm sure that, like any of us, she gets tired of what she's lived with for years and is ready for a change, but honestly? I would be thrilled with any one of those rooms. Take the de Gournay dining room -- the emerald green wallpaper and fabric is even Pantone's Color of the Year for 2013. SO beautiful. I feel sad that she's taking these rooms apart, but I look forward to seeing what she has in mind to replace them with.

    I have lingered over this post way too long with my coffee this morning, so I'll have to come back and listen to the interview later. Good luck in the auction, Joni! I notice you did not post a photo of the chinoiserie box you want to buy... Because you know that half of your readers would start bidding against you if you did! :-)

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  18. As usual you did no research at all! Joni you are amazing! Winter House is my favorite as well...love that book!

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  19. Here decorating is very feminine and colorful.

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  22. She never smiles when photographed. I wonder if she has a teeth or jaw problem?

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  23. I remember many posts back where you mentioned having to take your curtains down and send them off to be cleaned due to a puppy accident. I found reread the blog messes and cannot find the name of the place you took the curtains to be cleaned. Can you provide me with the information.

    Thanks

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  24. I remember when you guys used to do a Skirted Round Table podcast every week, I couldn't wait for each one. Now that they are so spread out I have to savour them so I haven't listened to the Charlotte Moss podcast yet, I need to ration myself and listen to it next week.

    I'm looking forward to see the newly decorated Charlotte Moss home.

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