LONDON — Sotheby’s London is counting on Guo Pei’s expert eyes and hands, with plans to have the Chinese couturier select works for the second edition of “Gold: The Midas Touch” sale in London in October. She will also display, and sell, four of her couture creations as part of the project, WWD has learned.
“The Midas Touch” sale in London focuses on the precious metal, which also figures big in Pei’s creations: Some of her gowns include 24-carat gold thread.
The gold sale will encompass contemporary art, Russian works of art and Fabergé, design, furniture and decorative arts, Asian and Indian art, sculpture, Old Masters, medieval manuscripts, watches and jewelry.
Sotheby’s said one of the sale’s highlights is a pair of multi-gem and gold horse heads by the French-American sculptor Herbert Haseltine, who was active during the first half of the 20th century.
These artworks were created as part of a three-year project for Barbara Hutton, a former wife of Cary Grant and once one of the wealthiest women in the world. Made in 1949, they will be offered with an estimate of 600,000 pounds to 800,000 pounds.
The four couture creations by the designer will include designs from her 2006 Samsara show, and will be offered by Sotheby’s for private sale.
Pei also plans to celebrate her Chinese heritage, working together with Sotheby’s specialists during New York Asia Week in September.
He also talked about the role auction houses can have within the world of couture as they try to offer clients more customized services and stretch to new markets.
It’s already been a busy year for the designer, whose creations are on view at “Guo Pei: Couture Beyond” at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., through July 14. Another exhibition, “Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture,” opened in June at the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore and runs until Sept. 15.