Did you hear the news? Stair Galleries is auctioning off pieces from the collection of iconic New York antique dealer John Rosselli in a sale titled, “Master Class : John Rosselli’s Artful Eye.” Remember John’s unbelievably handsome apartment…? The catalogue will be available for us to peruse online on Friday, January 15 and the sale itself will take place on Wednesday, January 27 at 11am EST. In preparation for the sale, Rosselli sifted through antiques and decorative accessories from his more than sixty years of collecting. His former antique shops were frequented by the greats of interior decoration including Sister Parish, Dorothy Draper, Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, Mark Hampton and Mario Buatta (just to name a few!)—so you know we’re in for a treat.
Rosselli, now a living legend, is the son of Italian immigrant parents and the youngest of fourteen children. He got his start as a decorative painter in 1950s New York working for The Italian Importers Company. After perfecting his skill at decorative techniques such as gesso gilding, marbleizing, and faux finishes (malachite, please!), the budding antique aficionado eventually ventured out on his own. His motto is “One must only buy what one likes, and it will find its place.” I couldn’t agree more! To learn more about the John Rosselli Auction at Stair Galleries visit their website here and feel free to scroll below for mouth-watering sneak peek!
The most handsome pair of shelves I ever did see.
A glimpse of Rosselli’s recently shuttered antique shop in New York. It was such a magical place.
A floral tole lantern.
Another view of Rosselli’s antique shop.
A pair of handsome candlesticks.
A vignette from Rosselli’s New York antique shop.
A pair of Chinoiserie vases.
Mirrors and porcelain galore.
A large decorative palm tree.
The shop glowing in table lamp light.
A painted desk. I can’t wait to learn more about this piece when the catalogue goes live.
Blue and white porcelain on display in Rosselli’s shop.
A pair of faux bois chairs.
John Rosselli photographed at home in New York.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse of the upcoming sale.
Happy bidding, my dears!