Estate of famous writer Julia Reed to be auctioned next month
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Author, design enthusiast and long-time Decor HER contributor Julia Reed, who died last August at the age of 59, was well known for entertaining her readers and almost as well known for entertaining her guests. This week, New Orleans auction house Neal Auction announced that starting February 5, many heirlooms, art and objects that filled Reed’s homes and livened up his lively gatherings will go on sale.
A decorated journalist with passions ranging from politics to literature to cooking, Reed has built his collection over the years from his travels around the world and in his native south.
“The layering that occurs over time has brought more meaningful pleasure than I would imagine any ‘instant home,’ Reed wrote in a 2012 Decor HER article on decorating her home in the Garden District of New Orleans.
The 190 lots of the auction are Portrait of a young cricketer, an 1862 English school painting that Reed inherited from his great-grandmother; a wide selection of porcelain, silver and crystal illustrated in Reed’s cookbooks; and its Italian neoclassical office.
Photographs by actress Jessica Lange, a watercolor by American painter John Alexander and four scarab prints by French artist Emile-Allain SÃ©guy will also be featured. Other highlights include a platinum and diamond brooch and clip set, jade and diamond earrings, and a selection of personalized pieces from New York jeweler Mish Tworkowski.
Over the years, Reed’s homes in New Orleans, New York and Greenville, Mississippi, which were designed by Thomas Jayne and Brockschmidt & Coleman, as well as the various treasures of his estate, have been featured in the pages of SHE Fromhorn, Vogue, and Garden & Gun.
The auction will benefit the new Julia Evans Reed Charitable Trust, which is dedicated to supporting organizations whose work contributes to what Reed has deemed essential for a good life: a good home, nourishing food, quality education and a learning opportunity. , literacy and engagement in the arts.
âNobody put their whole heart into things like Julia did,â said Anne Flaherty Heekin, a member of the trust. “She has given to the world in an extraordinary way, and our Board of Directors can’t wait for her spirit to guide us in our work.”
Visit Neal Auction to consult the complete catalog and register for the auction.
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