Calling all collectors!
Do you love to wander around antique and junk shops? Are you unable to resist stopping the car to check out a yard sale – just in case that treasure you didn’t know you wanted yet was there, waiting for you? Collections are deeply personal; what a person collects gives a glimpse into their lives and insight into the culture of the time they lived in.
If you love to collect, you’re in good company. Did we mention that the collectors in question are animal activist, Cornelia Guest, and her late parents, C.Z. and Winston Guest? Cornelia and her parents shared a passion for collecting fine objects as they travelled the world. They brought many of their found treasures to Templeton, their rambling Long Island Estate.
Normally, only a very select few would have the opportunity to look in on Cornelia, C.Z. and Winston’s finds, but Cornelia has hand picked the most tempting items from her late parents’ estate for us to admire. She entrusted the Stair Gallery to auction them off this Saturday, November 14th. The auction is entitled, “A Tradition of Collecting.”
We had the pleasure of chatting informally with Cornelia about the treasures coming up for auction.
The FE: You and your Mother are well known collectors and there’s a lot of excitement about the Templeton sale.
When did you start consciously collecting objects and what drew you to them?
Cornelia Guest: I always had done it. I love to go to junk stores, flea markets, yard sales, and I still do it.
The FE: Was there something you and your Mother enjoyed collecting together?
C.G: I was a huge collector, going everyplace, including Middleburg Virginia, England, all over the place. So many things have memories for me, I remember my Mother telling me where she got certain things and also about things her Mom had as well as Dad’s grandmother. It was a mishmash of objects.
The FE: What are some great places to hit when sourcing items for one’s home?
C.G. The best places to find things are when you’re driving down the road and a person is having a sale in their house. You never know what you’re going to find! I found a portrait in our barn the artist must have given to my Father, it was inscribed on the back. My Mom probably put it up there because she didn’t like it.
My Dad had a lot of little boxes he collected. He loved Jade and he would collect it and porcelain. He really loved the Chinese blue and white porcelain duck wall pockets [Lot 16].
The dog carrier [Lot 6] is one of my favorites. I loved and used it so much. Some of these pieces are so close to my heart.
Lot 93 was my grandmother’s service. It’s been handed down and handed down.
The FE: How did you decide what you would sell? Templeton is so huge.
CG: I went through the house and chose what I would buy if I were in a store shopping.
Some other highlights of the Guest collections include signature pieces of furniture from the Maison Jansen project, Regence giltwood brackets, a pair of Boulle marquetry ebonized low tables and a lovely Cartier brass and enamel travel clock [Lot 126]. The Stairs Gallery is handling the sale that officially kicks off at 11:00a.m. EST. I can’t get to Hudson New York, but I’ll be watching and bidding online!
Templeton was sold two years ago and Cornelia now spends her time in Manhattan and upstate New York where she says she is happiest as a country girl with her 12 dogs and donkey named Madonna.
Follow @Cornelia Guest on Instagram and Twitter and check out her website for stylish vegan accessories. I couldn’t resist ordering Simple Pleasures, Cornelia’s vegan cooking and easy entertaining guide.
– Vivian Kelly –