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From the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy’s Sister

Yesterday, Christie’s New York held an auction of items from “The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill”. The socialite, who became Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline Radziwill on her 1959 marriage to the Polish aristocrat Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwill, was best known as the younger sister of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, a circumstance that she didn’t particularly enjoy.

The sale total was $1,266,000.

Here are some of the items from the collection. (Images from Christie’s website.)

A pair of Indian silver-gilt, enamel, and hardstone-mounted censers and covers
20th century
Price realized: $8,125

A Limoges porcelain yellow-ground armorial part dinner service
20th century
Price realized: $10,625

A North European rosewood side chair
Late 19th/early 20th century
Price realized: $2,750

A Victorian ebonized and verre eglomise side table
Circa 1860
Price realized: $4,750

A pair of decalcomania table lamps
Late 19th/20th century
Price realized: $4,750

And the Definitive Bouvier Signature Item

Two pairs of fashion sunglasses, Gucci
Late 20th century
Price realized: $2,750


Back in Two Weeks

I’m on a top-secret mission involving Russian assets, porn stars, election rigging, and corruption at high levels. I can’t say much about it, except that it’s so convoluted that it could take me as much as two whole weeks to resolve.

Postings will resume ~20 May.

“In Peak Bloom” — Sound and Light and Colour and Movement

ARTECHOUSE, one of my favourite hangouts in DC, launched a brilliant new immersive experience last week. It’s called “In Peak Bloom”, and it’s perfectly timed for the arrival of Spring in Washington. You can see a sample of the new show in the above video. The projected HD graphics respond to the movements and gestures of members of the audience, making them participants in this a highly interactive environment.

ARTECHOUSE has outdone Itself with this one.

A little added touch. At the Augmented Reality Cocktail Bar in ARTECHOUSE, the coasters at the bar let you compare the “normal” appearance of a drink, on the left, with the augmented version, on the right.

Even More Update

Home again, home again, again.

I’m back in DC after taking a mid-winter break in Charleston, South Carolina, because February in Washington is an excellent time to be elsewhere.

This wasn’t one of my usual museums/stately homes/galleries/palaces culture-vulture marathons. I went without a list of must-visit attractions. I just needed some time away from home, to clear my head and re-focus my life. The idea was simply to get out of my usual environment to breathe different air and to hear different voices.

To eat at different restaurants also may have been a factor.


Back in a week or so. I’m off exploring.

This morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas….

Hurray for Captain Spaulding!

And Back to Vienna Again

After I took care of my personal business in Budapest, I took the train back to Vienna.

I’m going to greatly condense what I did in the days that followed, because I posted a pretty detailed write-up about Vienna after my last stay in the city.* This time around I revisited many of the same sites—Schönbrunn Palace, Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Belvedere—so I don’t feel the need to cover them again so soon. Also, I want to knock these trip notes out before the end of the year.

So what follows will be mainly about my continuing exploration of the historic coffee houses and restaurants of Vienna, and some miscellaneous comments.

*You can find my postings on that trip in the December 2014 section of my archives.