All about Yves

When Christie's announced the sale of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, I knew immediately that the sale catalogue was an essential addition to my library. Tiding me over while collecting my pennies for the $290 boxed set is the latest issue of Christie's magazine which is dedicated entirely to the sale. It includes such fascinating essays as "Marie-Laure de Noailles, Inspiration and Muse of the Collection" and "Yves Saint Laurent, Hunter of Spells" as well as copious images of objects in the sale in situ.

The entrance hall of YSL's Paris apartment was centered on this spectacular Roman marble torso of an athlete, circa 1st-2nd century AD, Estimate €300,000-500,000

The sitting room of the Paris apartment featuring a pair of benches, circa 1928, by Gustave Miklos for famed couturier Jacques Doucet. Estimate €2,000,000 - 3,000,000

The Dragons armchair by Eileen Gray here chez YSL Estimate €2,000,000 - 3,000,000

and here in the iconic Mme Mathieu-Lévy apartment decorated by Paul Ruaud (photo published in L'Illustration in 1933)

Isn't this the most marvelous bar? It is one of two wildly inventive and staggeringly beautiful commissions YSL and PB made from Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne. The "YSL" bar was completed in 1965 made of maillechort, steel and glass. The hammered brass egg is fitted with a counterweight system that causes the top to open and show the bottles stored within and the smaller glass sphere inset into the top is a container for ice.

The other major Lalanne commission was....

a set of fifteen mirrors with gilt bronze and galvanized copper surrounds which paneled the salon de musique, created between 1974-85.

Maybe it's because I live in New York City where space is at a premium, but YSL and PB's Kunstkammer seemed to me to be one of the most luxurious spaces of all. This gallery-like room follows the tradition of 16th and 17th century princes who dedicated a room to their most treasured virtuoso works of art. Here, cameos, rock crystal and ivory objets pay tribute to the discerning eye of one of the most important design talents of the 20th century.

Photos 2,3,4, 6, 7, 8 © Christie's