“I live three days in one day without haste, without hurry. I stop when I’m tired. I have a glass of wine when I feel faint. I have no schedule, although I work every day… You think you can plan a life? I’ve always thought you must improvise daily. Today may bring money in the mail. Today may bring a hurricane. You have to be ready for either one. In either case, give a party.” -Eugene Walter”—
Prolonged competition between two determined phone bidders drove An Important and Rare Dining Table by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann to achieve $1,482,500, more than double its pre-sale low estimate of $700,000. The table was formerly in the collection of Andy Warhol, and sold in the landmark 1988 auction of his collection at Sotheby’s. The dining table led the final installment of Property from an Important Midwestern Collection, featuring French Art Deco works by Ruhlmann and René Lalique, among others. The group of 11 pieces together brought $2,884,500, well in excess of their $2 million high estimate.