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The foundation was established in 2022 to fulfill the Gettys' j o i n t p h i l a n t h ro p i c commitment to creativity and learning and their belief that art, in all its forms, is vital to ensuring a community's prosperity. Proceeds from the Christie's s a l e w i l l s u p p o r t specific California- based arts and science o r g a n i z a t i o n s w i t h whom the Gettys have had a very longstanding relationship. The Ann a n d G o rd o n G e t t y Foundation for the Arts plans to distribute all of its charitable resources within the next three to five years, seeking to leave a legacy to carry future generations forward. The sale includes antiques and china and decorative arts and custom-crafted objects from other residences of the family, all of them exceptional. The Ann & Gordon G e t t y C o l l e c t i o n masterworks include A m e r i c a n , E n g l i s h , French, and Venetian paintings; English and European furniture; Asian works of art; and items of rare provenance. T h e s a l e s i n c l u d e important Impressionist pictures by Claude Monet and Edgar Degas and an exquisite group of Old Master paintings and drawings including B e r n a r d o B e l l o t t o (nephew of Canaletto) a n d J e a n - A n t o i n e Watteau. Christie's will also hold a series of online sales of lifestyle, entertaining, and luxury items from the Getty Collection, including textiles, handbags, and jewelry owned by Ann Getty. (Her JAR jewels were sold in in Christie's M a g n i f i c e n t J e w e l s auction in June.) It's all very bittersweet for lifelong friends and members of the far-flung Getty family. They're left with fond memories of a house of extravagant beauty, of parties where the music never ended, and perhaps of falling asleep post-party at 3 am on Ann Getty's red velvet sofa, comforted by a silk brocade pillow hand-woven in Lyon in 1784. Happy memories. Golden days, indeed. Diane Dorrans Saeks, a design editor and lecturer based in San Francisco, is the best-selling author of 25 design books, including the definitive design book on the interiors of Ann Getty, Ann Getty Interior Style (Rizzoli, 2012). She's also the author of the design and style blog The Style Saloniste and has served as the contributing design editor of PaperCity for almost two decades. Clockwise from top: In the 18th-century Syro-Turkish dressing room, a hand-carved crystal chair, made by F. & C. Osler, Birmingham, England, 1894. In the living room, a gallery of paintings includes canvases by Gustave Moreau, Claude Monet, and Camille Pissarro. Ann Getty in her Levi Strauss jeans. Interiors images courtesy Rizzoli: Ann Getty Interior Style by Diane Dorrans Saeks, 2012. The Ann & Gordon Getty Collection of 19th- and 20th-Century Masterworks, Decorative Arts, Old Master Paintings and Drawings, Porcelain & Silver, Chinese Works of Art, Books, English & European Furniture will be sold for charity during a four-day and evening sale, October 20 - 23, 2022, New York City. The preview tour schedule includes Los Angeles September 21 - 24 and New York City October 15 - 23. For complete tour schedule and information on the sale, go to As part of Texas Design Week Dallas, Christie's Deputy VP Will Strafford and designer Hutton Wilkinson of Tony Duquette will discuss this extraordinary sale and the life and times of Ann Getty in an illustrated talk, Tuesday, September 20, 6 to 8 pm, at Arsin Rug Gallery. Texas Design Week Dallas is a ticketed event. For full schedule and to purchase tickets, go to 125

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