Elsie de Wolfe, Innovators of Twentieth Century Style
[Elsie de Wolfe] Christie’s Los Angeles. Innovators of Twentieth Century Style Including Property Sold to Benefit the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation, Wednesday 15 September 1999.Softcover (no hardcover issued) in very good minus condition—there is moderate edge wear.
This already-scarce catalogue includes the major portraits of Elsie de Wolfe (by Albert Sterner, Marcel Vertes, etc.), watercolors, and gouaches of her residences (After All, Villa Trianon, etc.) There are also lots featuring the furniture of Paul Berry, Dorothy Draper, Tony Duquette, Frances Elkins, Jean-Michel Frank, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (ironically a nemesis of de Wolfe’s), Billy Haines, Maison Jansen, Syrie Maugham, Sister Parish, etc.
“Having learned the value of publicity during her Broadway years, de Wolfe went to work projecting the image of the socially prominent tastemaker that she indeed had become. She could have written a book on public relations; instead, she published The House in Good Taste.”