Mario Buatta's Living Room, New York.
Photo: Scott Frances OTTO, Courtesy of Sotheby's

Mario Buatta’s Most Beloved Personal Treasures Come to Auction

The January 23 and 24 sale at Sotheby’s New York includes furniture, decorative objects, and fine art

Buatta in a client’s living room in the ’70s. Photo: Courtesy of Rizzoli

Although Mario Buatta’s aptitude for mixing Colefax and Fowler’s large-scale prints may have earned him the moniker “Prince of Chintz,” it was the legendary designer’s deep knowledge of antiques that made each of the homes he created true masterpieces. With almost 60 years of decorating to his credit when he passed away in October 2018, Buatta was consumed by a passion for collecting that kept him awake around the clock, scouring auction catalogues for his next purchase—whether for a client or himself.

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Befittingly, his personal treasures from his homes on New York’s Upper East Side (above) and in Connecticut will hit the block at Sotheby’s New York on January 23 and 24 for its Americana Week sales. The lots include English and Continental furniture, Dutch delft, English and Chinese porcelain, and fine art, all speaking to the designer’s unwavering eye. 

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Winter issue in the section The Artful Life. Subscribe to the magazine.

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