Cole Porter items to sell at Hindman Auctioneers Feb. 12-14

Cole Porter at the piano. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Cole Porter at the piano. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has announced that property from the estate of Cole Porter will be included in their Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction on Feb. 12-14. will provide Internet live bidding.

The 41 lots include Continental and Asian furniture, Chinese ceramics, English silver, Baccarat and Steuben stemware, and other fine tablewares.

A pair of Italian bergères come from Porter’s Manhattan library, which the decorator Billy Baldwin famously outfitted with brass étagères fabricated by P.E. Guerin. The property comes to the auction house from the living trust of Porter’s first cousin’s daughter, Louise Cole Schmitt.

Cole Porter was born on June 9, 1891 in Peru, Ind., the only child of a well-established family. Porter’s talent and affinity for music became evident at a young age and was central to his studies at Worcester Academy and Yale University. After his education at Yale, he moved to Paris where he kept a luxurious apartment. It was there that he met his wife, Linda Lee Thomas, and received his first commission for music.

Cole Porter’s brilliance as a composer and songwriter, in particular for Broadway musicals, made an indelible impression in the history of American popular music.

The sophistication evident in his musical compositions carries over to his masterfully cultivated collection of furnishings.

Cole Porter died in 1964. He is buried with his wife in his hometown of Peru, Ind., and his property has withstood descent through the family for more than 45 years.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is honored to conduct the sale of these objects in memory of one of 20th-century music’s greatest luminaries. Preview exhibition for the sale begins Feb. 8. For more information contact Corbin Horn at 312-280-1212.

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Interior of Cole Porter's residence. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

Interior of Cole Porter’s residence. Image courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.