The former chairman of WWD and W magazines, Patrick McCarthy, had impeccable taste that translated over to his personal living space, where he surrounded himself with antique, modern and contemporary pieces of art and furniture.
Sotheby’s Home now offers items from Patrick McCarthy’s private residence, providing an exclusive opportunity to buy original contemporary art from Terry Winters, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg and more. The listing also includes photographs from the renowned 20th-century photographer Brassaï, and one of the most influential photojournalists of our time, William Klein.
Large and small furniture available for sale show the breadth of McCarthy’s design interests, which weren’t confined to fashion; a self-described serious person who was defined by his work, he was more interested in fashion’s cultural role than being a true fashion figure.
Bridget Foley, the executive editor of WWD, was quoted in McCarthy’s New York Times obituary, describing her former peer fondly as, “Patrick was a real newsman who had a tremendous sense of the cultural moment. He understood and knew fashion, but I never got the impression that he loved fashion. He was more interested in its role in the culture. I never saw him swoon over a dress. He’d make fun of fashion intellectuals who swooned.”
The pièce de résistance of the listing is a modestly priced, vibrantly colored, oversized oushak rug, along with a set of two ledge rock console tables in the style of Emilio Terry. Small accessories include a range of designers and brands, such as a geometric teapot by Matteo Thun and a collection of boxes from Hermès, Gorham, Ralph Lauren and others, rounding up this exclusive consignment.