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Rolling out Antiques: The Collection of Keith and Patti Richards

By Jessica Helen Weinberg

Jun 22,2017 | 10:00 EDT

Ladies & Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones legendary guitarist, Keith Richards and wife Patti Hansen are unbuttoning their crushed velvet, gold and leather...antique and fine art collection. Stair Galleries, The Collection of Keith & Patti Richards and Various Owners auction on June 24th will be offering property from the couples Manhattan apartment as well as a small selection from their Connecticut home. Hand picked by Patti and interior designer Carol Perry, the richly romantic, Upper East Side apartment boasts European furnishings, artworks and ornate objects from Italy, England and France. When it comes to rock royalty, this catalog is everything you want it to be, the Richards even ash their cigarettes in Venetian glass ashtrays (of course).

Image: Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones with wife Patti Hansen; Lynn Goldsmith/CORBIS

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to SPHERE of CT and Prospect Theater in Ridgefield, CT, charities that help adults with autism and developmental disabilities achieve their dreams, in honor of Pattis twenty-four-year-old nephew. What rocks more than that?

Lot 464, Melody Rose, Hand-painted Porcelian Tea Service; Estimate $600 - $800

Start me up with a poisonous set of porcelain. I cant think of a more stylish way to steep and serve herbal libations after hosting a killer dinner party. The full set is comprised of a tea pot; a pair of cups and saucers; a dessert plate, a creamer, two butter plates; an ashtray; and a pair of cordials. Click here to see the full porcelain arrangement

Lot 548, Pair of Italian Neoclassical Painted and Parcel-Gilt Armchairs, Upholstered in red crushed velvet; Estimate $1,500 - $3,000

If youre looking for a place to compose the best rock song youve ever written, you might want to see if these antique Italian armchairs have any of Keiths riffs stuck under the cushions. Im going to call the fabric color, Let it bleed red. 

Lot 555, Jacqueline Marval, Bouquet de Tulips Devant la Fenetre, Oil on canvas, 1918; Estimate $8,000 - $12,000

Highlighting the walls of their boho-chic apartment, were three large pastel floral paintings by French artist Jacqueline Marval that Patti found in a London gallery. These pleasant still lives give off a calming scent in an otherwise wild, rococo-style environment. Click here to see other works by Jacqueline Marval featured in this catalog

Lot 484, Italian Rococo Style Painted Wood Tray; Estimate $250 - $350

Youll also find a generous assortment of trays and tray tables, beautifully painted and embossed with patterns that beg to be mixed and matched. This peach and atomic tangerine toned piece shares the rococo inspiration that first grabbed Pattis interest when she began decorating their jewel box of an apartment. Click here to view similar options

Lot 501, Victorian Carved Mahogany Chaise Lounge, Upholstered in leopard print fabric; Estimate $800 - $1,200

If there was EVER a time to get away with buying a leopard print, chaise lounge, the time is now. Seriously. I can imagine myself doing any number activities while kicking back on this classic meets rock piece of furniture - reading Rolling Stone Magazine is definitely one of them. 

Image: Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones in a leopard print coat, Glamour UK

Lot 175, (Attr.) Justus Van Egmont, Portrait du Grand Conde, Oil on canvas; Estimate $5,000 - $10,000

Among other elaborate offerings, this sale includes serious 17th-century, gilded framed paintings. This particular portrait is of the Prince of Conde, a French military general known as le Grand Conde for his battlefield prowess - unbeknownst to him he would be in the presence of rock royalty centuries later! Its just a huntch but I think the Price of Conde might have influenced Keiths hair and wardrobe choices. Click here to view all available Fine Art

Lot 80, Victorian enameled Silver-Gilt and Cut-Glass Toilet Set in a Brass-Mounted Calamander Wood Case; Estimate $2,000 - $3,000

Speaking of personal style, this English toiletry box from 1861 is locked and loaded with the classiest, travel-size grooming items Ive ever seen. Shall we lay out the regimen piece by piece? Six silver-capped glass boxes; four silver-capped glass bottles; three glass dishes; two mirrors; one shoe horn; one thimble; one nail file; one corkscrew; one pocket knife; one double-edged spoon; one pen; one propelling pencil with seal top; two pairs of scissors; nine sewing implements. Click here to view all of the above.  

Lot 193, Louis XV Ormolu-Mounted Rosewood, Kingwood and Tulipwood Parquetry Commode; Estimate $3,000 - $5,000

If youre in the market for substantial furniture, you can be sure that Mrs. Richards wasnt messing around when she went combing through American and European antique shops. Reminiscent of the velvet and gold military jackets worn by Jimi Hendrix and Keiths bandmate Mick Jagger - this commode has all the right bells and whistles while retaining an accessible, charming vibe. 

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones with wife Patti Hansen

The more you browse through this rare and elaborate collection the closer you feel to the lives of one of Rock and Rolls favorite couples. Snatching items from this sale is like buying backstage passes to The Rolling Stones and then taking the dressing room home with you (cut back to the leopard print chaise lounge). In this situation, you can get what you want, as well as the popularlly demanded satisfaction.

Additional items striking memorable chords include Persian carpets; Neo-Gothic chandeliers; Pottery; Waterford crystal; Flemish tapestry pillows; European giltwood furnishings and much more.

Click here to view the full Stair Galleries, The Collection of Keith & Patti Richards and Various Owners auction on June 24th