19 February 2017

Millicent Rogers in Columbia SC

The esteemed auction house Charlton Hall in Columbia South Carolina will be auctioning pieces from the Arturo Peralta-Ramos Collection March 2, next month. Within the collection, there are a number of pieces of furniture and decorative pieces that once belonged to his mother Millicent Rogers. With homes in Switzerland, New York, Virginia and lastly New Mexico, Rogers accumulated countless possessions for extremely different homes procured with her sharp, sometimes idiosyncratic eye.

photographs of Rogers in New York by Richard Rutledge

As I looked at the items that were once hers, I wonder about her thought process. Was it to fill a spot, love at first site, or fondness for an artist?  Whatever it was, I can only admire it.

Here are some of my favorite lots from the sale.

Lots 46 & 47 by Louis-Leopold Boilly (French, 1761-1845) 
PORTRAIT D'HOMME EN REDINGOTE ET CHEMISE BLANCHE (46), PORTRAIT DE FEMME (47) These two Boilly portraits are pictured hanging above her desk published in Vogue March 15, 1945.

Lot 42 James Meikle Guy (Connecticut, 1909-1983) 
UNTITLED (Social Surrealist figural scene) 

Lot 38 Jean Francois Raffaelli (French, 1850-1924) 

Lot 225 -A Everett Shinn (New York, 1876-1953) 

American bronze bust of Millicent Rogers early 20th century

Lot 215 Pair Paris porcelain urns 19th century

Lot 19 French Empire bronze-mounted mahogany commode-secretaire first quarter 19th century,

One of a pair of was photographed at Millicent Rogers' Claremont Manor in Virginia in 1940. (pictured below)

Lot 17 Neoclassical ormolu-mounted and inlaid birch lit en bateau, attrib. Joseph-Marie Benard circa 1825. The bed is said to have belonged to the Countess Walewska, Polish noblewoman and mistress of Emperor Napoleon I. It once resided in Millicent's chalet in St. Anton, Austria.

all lots can be found on the Charlton Hall Auctions site here.


  1. Of course, I had to go searching the net about Millicent Rogers. She was pretty amazing. Her eye for paintings was unerring. Thank you. xoxo Mary

    1. She certainly was a chameleon, reinventing herself to suit her environment.

  2. Looks like fun. Since antiques haven't been as popular as they used to be, I wonder how this sale will be? Couldn't be affordable enough for me.

    1. Of course, I love antiques. I think that might be one reason I am "off" current interior design. One never knows about auctions, so tempting when attending. I am a bidder whether that is the intention when I attend or not!

  3. Millicent's design sense extended to automobiles: https://www.coopertechnica.com/_pdf/CADS_article_May-2012.pdf .

    1. Pico, I was vaguely aware of this. I can not wait to read this article. Thanks so much for adding the link. pgt

  4. A bit off the subject - hope you don't mind - French coachbuilt autos of the 1930's hit a high point and the best way to see them is at the Mullin Automobile Museum in Oxnard, Ca. Make a reservation ahead, it's only open several days a month. Also, includes a gallery of Carlo Bugatti's furniture and Rembrandt Bugatti's sculptures. All magnificent work. Link: http://mullinautomotivemuseum.com/

  5. I still haven't forgiven my great-grandfathers for not founding Standard Oil.
    Ol' Milly looks like one tough broad doesn't she but still a great beauty nonetheless.

  6. Oh such lovely taste -she had such an eye! I'm off to peruse the auction catalog!



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