Back to Press Wednesday November 6, 2013

Paddle8 Presents Kelly Wearstler: Curiosities, Wednesday, November 6 – Wednesday, November 13

An Auction of Contemporary Art, with Select Highlights Benefiting Performa

Online auction house Paddle8 is pleased to present Kelly Wearstler: Curiosities, an auction of design, art, vintage fashion, and jewelry curated by design maven Kelly Wearstler. The sale features Wearstler's signature mix of graphic patterns, Hollywood glamour, Surrealism, and luxe materials. The eclectic works span more than a century—from a lavish 1975 Alexander Calder exhibition catalogue to a pair of ribbon chairs by Leonardi & Stagi, from a gold Victorian locket to a vintage Gucci scarf, as well as design and fashion from Wearstler’s own lines—all united by her gilded, textured vision.

Kelly Wearstler: Curiosities is co-organized by Whitewall Magazine, which will feature Kelly in its winter issue.

Bidding opens on Wednesday, November 6 at 10 AM EST, and closes Wednesday, November 13 at 6 PM EST at paddle8.com/auction/wearstler.

Highlights of Kelly Wearstler: Curiosities include:

A Fabio Lenci glass and leather chair (estimate: $8,000–10,000) A beautiful and confident sculpted chair by Italian designer Lenci, whose work is held in design museums worldwide.The lounge chair has an adjustable back, and the lightness of the glass is ideal for small spaces.

A Kelly Wearstler pyrite and bronze bauble box (estimate: $4,000–6,000) This extraordinary box is a signature piece that appears frequently in Kelly Wearstler environments. Each Wearstler box is handcrafted by artisans in Los Angeles with stones and minerals personally selected by Kelly during her travels. It sometimes takes the designer up to a full year to select the perfect combination to adorn one of her boxes.

A Jean Paul Gaultier rare puffer jacket (estimate: $800–1,200) A dramatic piece with a black-and-white zebra print that echoes the animal patterns that Wearstler frequently features in her interiors.

A Kelly Wearstler dichotomy table (estimate: $10,000–15,000) A unique occasional table inspired by Kelly's continuing interest in Surrealist design figurative decor. Each double hand is cast in bronze and meticulously finished by hand. The tempered glass top is banded in matching bronze trim. Each limited edition table is signed and numbered by Kelly and limited to an Edition of 25.

Bid beginning November 6 at paddle8.com/auction/wearstler.

About Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler is a world-renowned arbiter of style who has captured our collective imaginations through her dynamic interior design projects, and her ready-to-wear, jewelry and accessories collections. She has been widely celebrated in the media for her visionary work, brought to life through her fearless use of vibrant color, and unexpected textural juxtapositions. In the Fall of 2011, Wearstler opened her first free standing boutique, located in Los Angeles on a chic stretch of Melrose Avenue. The Flagship boutique, with its brass metal awnings and door handles set with pyrite, rock crystal and onyx stones, is itself a showpiece, having benefitted from Wearstler’s singular vision. The boutique houses within its patinaed herringbone ivory wood walls, Wearstler’s ready-to-wear collection, alongside a small, carefully considered selection of home accessories. Wearstler’s ready-to-wear, jewelry and accessories collections are also available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Net-A-Porter. kellywearstler.com

Since its inception, Performa has operated as both an urban and international project demonstrating how organizations can collaborate to present major arts programs that are both artistically innovative and internationally relevant. Performa has developed partnerships with major international institutions, commissioning, producing, and touring work from the Performa program from the very beginning. The Performa Institute, a platform for the research and educational components of Performa, presents lectures, panel discussions, and workshops on an ongoing basis that explore critical issues surrounding performance and its history across disciplines, including visual art, dance, film, music,design, and architecture. For more information, please visit performa-arts.org.

About Paddle8

Paddle8 is the online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the Internet. Paddle8 presents two types of auctions: curated sales of works under $100,000, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. Founded by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur, Paddle8 eases the sale and acquisition of art and collectibles via a fully online auction model, offering the lowest available commissions, no public sales records, and extended auction visibility and timelines, enhanced by educational content, in addition to automated post-sale services.

For more information on Paddle8 and The Performa Sale, please contact Sarah Goulet, sarah@paddle8.com

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