Stair to offer Sir John Richardson collection Sept. 16-17

Sir John Richardson collection

Stair will auction the contents of Sir John Richardson’s lower Fifth Avenue loft on Sept. 16-17. Stair image

HUDSON, N.Y. – Stair will offer the contents of Sir John Richardson’s lower Fifth Avenue loft on Sept. 16 -17 in what the company believes will be one of its most interesting “lifestyle” sales to date. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

With every room in his lushly decorated loft painted a different color and layered with a dizzying array of furniture, objets d’art, fine art and mementos, the home of Sir John Richardson was a temple to his fascinating life.

Upon entering Richardson’s loft for the first time, Colin Stair remarked to himself, “Pay attention … you will learn something here,” and indeed the art and decorations represent a life well-lived in the company of artists, academics and bon vivants.

Sir John Richardson collection

A view of Sir John Richardson’s lushly furnished apartment. Stair image

Highlights include the furnishings of Richardson’s bohemian interiors, works of art by Pablo Picasso and Mark Tobey, Old Master prints and drawings, sculpture, Neo-classical busts and decorations, as well as lighting, textiles, porcelain and glass.

This two-day sale will offer a variety of property from the serious and academic, to the lighthearted and whimsical, in a range of values that will appeal to all collectors.

Richardson was a British art historian and biographer of Pablo Picasso. He died in New York City on March 12, 2019, at the age of 95.

Sir John Richardson collection

Sir John Richardson. Stair image

For more information contact Colin Stair at or phone 518-751-1000.


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