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Albert Hadley Drawings for Sale!

by habituallychic

04 . 08 . 09

At the end of March, I received a lovely email from Lizzie Bailey who works at Gerald Bland Antiques (and who also went to school with Laurie Reynolds! Small world!) informing me that they would soon be selling drawings by interior design legend Albert Hadley to coincide with the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. Oh, and would I like to come in and preview them before they were sent to the framer? Would I?! I’m sure you can guess that I said yes!

My friend Kevin had just asked me if I wanted to go check out the Parish-Hadley books that were for sale so I returned the favor by inviting him to check out the drawings with me. We spent almost an hour and a half in awe of what we were looking at and pouring over each one. Some are just signed and dated while others denote the client and house or project. Some of those included in the sale include the initial sketch for the Astor Library on yellow ruled paper, rooms for The Duke and Duchess of York, The Paleys and even Carly Simon!

We loved looking at how detailed some of them are even though they are just a sketch. Albert Hadley is amazing! And what’s also amazing is that his drawing of the “Office of an Executive Woman” (top) that he created while at Parsons is up for sale! While most are black and white drawings, there are a few beautiful color drawings that will probably be the most expensive items for sale. I’m not of the exact prices but the framed works will probably in the thousands while the unframed loose drawings should be under $1000. I’ve already put my name on one of them! Happy Birthday to me!

According to Lizzie, “The collaboration came about through Gerald Bland’s wife Mita Corsini Bland whose watercolor renderings will be featured in the forthcoming book Sister Parish Design: On Decorating by Susan Bartlett Crater and Libby Cameron. Due from St. Martin’s Press October 2009, the book includes a forward written by Mr. Hadley. When the authors, artist, and their husbands gathered over dinner this winter Mita asked Mr. Hadley if he still had all his sketches, which he did. Though initially Hadley wondered who would ever want to buy them, he did come around to the idea of offering his trove of drawings. Early feedback suggests that many people in fact are quite eager to own one!” I’d say so! The drawings will be on display to the public at Gerald Bland Antiques beginning on Thursday, April 16, 2009.

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  1. A Gift Wrapped Life April 8, 2009 | 3:53 pm

    What a fabulous and artful collection to share. So glad you
    got a sneak peek and were able to gift yourself!

  2. Absolutely Not Martha April 8, 2009 | 4:10 pm

    recently discovered your blog–love it and these drawings!

  3. Found April 8, 2009 | 4:26 pm

    heather, wonderful post! i can’t wait to see them in person in a few weeks when i am out there to see kips bay. loved your post from a few weeks back about your ‘interview’ with mr. hadley. lucky you!

  4. Emily Roe April 8, 2009 | 5:37 pm

    Great gift idea!
    I’m looking for ideas/inspiration for my art studio. If you have any any or have designed something similar for one of your clients, could to do a blog post about it?

  5. Habitually Chic April 8, 2009 | 7:43 pm

    A Gift Wrapped Life – it was a treat just to look at them so I can’t wait to own one!

    Thanks Absolutely Not Martha! Cute name and blog!

    Found – it’s practically Albert Hadley month with all that’s going on in New York! I can’t wait!

    Emily – do you mean a design for a studio? I haven’t designed a studio but I can keep an eye out for concepts.

  6. maison21 April 8, 2009 | 10:12 pm


  7. Rebecca June April 9, 2009 | 1:37 am

    Oh my! I am so in love with these drawings. i cannot even believe that they are for sale. They must be a pretty penny…but HOW WORTH IT!


    Rebecca June

  8. mary April 9, 2009 | 11:23 am

    What treasures….I want an entire wall (at least 6) of these drawings beautifully matted in French mats. Loved seeing the initial sketches to see how Mr. Hadley’s creative process evolves. Thanks!

  9. Kate April 9, 2009 | 3:54 pm

    Jerry Bland is one of the most reputable dealers in New York. You can feel good buying anything in his gallery.


  10. simply seleta April 9, 2009 | 4:46 pm

    These are yummy and gorgeous!!!