Auctioneer Press Release Stair

Stair Presents the Collection of the Iconic Interior Designer Mario Buatta with Online Bidding on Bidsquare

Mar 02,2020 | 11:00 EST By Bidsquare

New York, NY: Following on the huge success of Sotheby’s Mario Buatta: Prince of Interiors auction, Stair of Hudson, New York, presents a series of three sales with online bidding on Bidsquare comprising of additional property from the Collection of Mario Buatta. Highlights include an extensive collection of porcelain, painted furniture, dog portraits, English furniture and botanical engravings among a myriad of decorative items all in Buatta’s iconic style. 

The first sale, The Collection of Mario Buatta will take place March 13-14. Bidsquare is anticipating high online bidding activity for the sale to compete with those attending the auction in person. Pre-registration was open exclusively on Bidsquare and registrations to bid online are already flowing in. With the digital catalogs, live bidders can browse the full catalog and add items to their watchlist online. 

“Sotheby’s Mario Buatta: Prince of Interiors auction held this past January shattered estimates and half the lots were won online. We are delighted to partner with Stair on this set of sales reflecting Mario Buatta's iconic style," said Allis Ghim, President and CEO of Bidsquare. "Celebrating his collection of unique pieces, in addition to his unique style, this sale is both whimsical and full of surprises and perfect for a bidder to access online on Bidsquare.”

Fine Regency Giltwood and Ebonized Four Light Girandole Mirror, Estimate $3,000-5,000 in The Collection of Mario Buatta - Day 1 Auction on March 13

Two additional sales to follow the March auction include Ceramics from The Collection of Mario Buatta on April 23 and Objects, Treasures & Trifles from The Collection of Mario Buatta on April 24. Ceramics from the Collection of Mario Buatta features a curated selection of porcelain and earthenware from the 19th – 20th century and reflects the designer’s iconic style. From traditional tableware to trompe l’oeil cabbages there is sure to be a surprise to grace every surface. Included in this online auction is porcelain by Wedgwood, Spode, Derby, Vladimir, Lady Anne Gordon, Mottahedeh and many more.  

Group of Chinese Export Wallpaper Panels, Estimate $2,000-4,000 in The Collection of Mario Buatta - Day 2 Auction on March 14

Mario Buatta adored anecdotes and, in keeping with the spirit of a successful room telling a whimsical story, he mingled color, pattern and delightfully themed objects with abandon. His signature style championed delicate detail with a circus of myriad themes including a taste for Brighton Pavilion Orientalism, Gothic tracery, objects based on the Animal Kingdom, and Mother Nature's cornflowers and cabbages. Balancing high and low creative touches with ease, Buatta reveled in lofty and lovable accents, gingered up odd juxtapositions, and had a field day with the multiple layers that make rooms memorable. Featuring toleware, treen, lacquer, chintz pottery, papier-mâché, shell work, animalia, decoupage and decalcomania (to name but a few...) the sale Objects, Treasures & Trifles is a cornucopia of chic as only Maestro Mario could conjure!

Pair of Continental Tôle and Composition Five-Light Wall Lights, Estimate $1,200-1,800 in The Collection of Mario Buatta - Day 2 Auction on March 14

Register to bid now for Stair's sale on Bidsquare, The Collection of Mario Buatta Day 1 and Day 2. Additional information and the full digital catalogs for the sale are online now at www.bidsquare.com.

By Stair