Collections from the Past


It is a magical feeling to hold a tangible part of history in your hands; a one-of-a-kind piece with a unique story behind it, a snapshot of a moment in time. Over the years I've become somewhat of a collector of vintage clothing and historical objects, pieces which bring me constant inspiration. Some of them have a fascinating provenance, while others are of no particular background but hold beauty to me nonetheless and bring the magic of the past to life.

I love to browse 1rstDibs.com for inspiration. They offer a curated selection of incredible original works from antiques to vintage clothing to fine art and jewelry, all from the top auction houses and dealers around the world. I've come across intriguing pieces from modern times going all the way back to antiquity, and every now and then I'll discover a great find to add to my own little collection. I'm especially drawn to pieces from the early 20th century.

Right now, 1rstDibs has a pretty magnificent selection, and they get new additions every day. The below in particular are museum-worthy!

"Shocking Pink" Louis XV Armchair owned by Elsa Schiaparelli

Princess Margaret's Diamond Bracelet

Louis Vuitton Suitcase owned by Diana Vreeland

Alexander McQueen Sarabande Runway Dress circa 2007

Dorothy Draper Lacquered "Espana" Chest

Bamboo Framed Mirrors from the Collection of Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé

Cecil Beaton Diaries - Set of 6

Paul César Helleu's "Reclining Woman"

Madame Gres Dress Circa 1941

19th Century French Giltwood and Black Velvet Armchairs

Meissen Armorial Plate from the Swan Service, circa 1737

3-Stand Pearls and Earrings from the estate of Deborah Mitford, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.

Maison Jansen Coffee Table w/Jardiniere from the collection of Lady Mountbatten.

Elsa Schiaparelli Dinner Jacket from the Pagan Collection, Circa 1938

Chinoiserie 12 Panel Screen.

House of Worth Beaded Capelet, Circa 1890

Art Deco Hair Comb

Deborah Turbeville photo of the Unrestored Apartment of Madame du Barry from "Unseen Versailles", 1980

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