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Seller Story

John M. Davis, New York, NY


“Throughout my childhood, my father made it a point to remind me that I should be proud to be a sixth generation New Yorker. Even now, I live within two blocks of the apartment in which I grew up — and I still have the same phone number that I have had since I was 10 years old! My mother, who was born in Winnetka, Illinois, also loved living in New York City. She was very interested in fashion and it’s to her that I credit my own interest. Some of the items in this sale belonged to her.

While I was attending Columbia Business School, working towards my MBA, I did some modeling for Ralph Lauren. This led to becoming the Assistant Buyer for Polo at Bloomingdales. Even though I was involved in my family’s insurance brokerage firm, after Bloomingdales, I retained an interest in fashion and design and founded my own interior design business. My design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House and Garden, CNN Style, and the book Showcase of Interior Design.

Another chapter began in 1983 when I started my antiques business. Over the next few years, I exhibited at major antiques shows around the country. In 1989, I was invited as the first American to exhibit at Olympia, the famous London fine arts and antiques fair. I also exhibited at the International Ceramics Fair in London. In New York, I was proud to be one of the original dealers at the prestigious International Antiques Dealers Show. During this period, I lectured throughout USA with my signature talk: “Decorating with Antiques: the Fun and the Frenzy.”

Seller Story: John M. Davis, New York, NY
Seller Story: John M. Davis, New York, NY
Russian Karelian Birch Snuff Case

Russian Karelian Birch Snuff Case

Final Bid:
$110
Hermès Yellow Plaid Button Down Dress Shirt

Hermès Yellow Plaid Button Down Dress Shirt

Final Bid:
$123
Hermès French Blue Cotton Dress Shirt

Hermès French Blue Cotton Dress Shirt

Final Bid:
$79
Hermès Yellow Dress Shirt, New in Box, Made in France

Hermès Yellow Dress Shirt, New in Box, Made in France

Final Bid:
$110
Hermès of Paris Silk Tie in Diagonal Stirrup Pattern #812 MA, Made in France

Hermès of Paris Silk Tie in Diagonal Stirrup Pattern #812 MA, Made in France

Final Bid:
$148
Hermès Equestrian Themed Necktie in Green and Golden Yellow, Pattern #517 IA

Hermès Equestrian Themed Necktie in Green and Golden Yellow, Pattern #517 IA

Final Bid:
$210
Hermès of Paris Silk Necktie with Bear in Blue and Gray Stripe, Made in France

Hermès of Paris Silk Necktie with Bear in Blue and Gray Stripe, Made in France

Final Bid:
$110
Hermès Silk Necktie with Pink Elephants, Pattern #7111OA, Made in France

Hermès Silk Necktie with Pink Elephants, Pattern #7111OA, Made in France

Final Bid:
$385
Hermès Sage Green Silk “Fox” Necktie, Pattern 7436 HA, Made in France

Hermès Sage Green Silk “Fox” Necktie, Pattern 7436 HA, Made in France

Final Bid:
$165
Hermès Necktie in Vibrant Stripe with Toucans, #7065 TA, Made in France

Hermès Necktie in Vibrant Stripe with Toucans, #7065 TA, Made in France

Final Bid:
$175
Hermès Silk Necktie in Green and Gold Rope Pattern, #619 TA, Made in France

Hermès Silk Necktie in Green and Gold Rope Pattern, #619 TA, Made in France

Final Bid:
$136
Hermès of Paris Navy Blue and White Silk Fox #378 EA Necktie

Hermès of Paris Navy Blue and White Silk Fox #378 EA Necktie

Final Bid:
$160
Four Men's Sport Coats

Four Men's Sport Coats

Final Bid:
$21
Three Pair of Charvet Mens House Slippers, Made in France

Three Pair of Charvet Mens House Slippers, Made in France

Final Bid:
$292
Three Gucci Vintage Cotton Mens Shirts

Three Gucci Vintage Cotton Mens Shirts

Final Bid:
$175
Three Gucci Mens Crocodile and Lizard Skin Belts

Three Gucci Mens Crocodile and Lizard Skin Belts

Final Bid:
$305
Hermès Towel

Hermès Towel

Final Bid:
$220
Sterling Silver Match Book Covers and Ash Trays, Monogrammed

Sterling Silver Match Book Covers and Ash Trays, Monogrammed

Final Bid:
$220
Set of Six Fish Knives with Porcelain Handles, Made in Sheffield, England

Set of Six Fish Knives with Porcelain Handles, Made in Sheffield, England

Final Bid:
$81
Crystal Decanters with Faceted Stoppers

Crystal Decanters with Faceted Stoppers

Final Bid:
$135
Tiffany & Co. Silver-Plated Gravy Boat with Hoof Feet

Tiffany & Co. Silver-Plated Gravy Boat with Hoof Feet

Final Bid:
$203
Six Spode "Shima Border" China Fruit Bowls with Under Plates

Six Spode "Shima Border" China Fruit Bowls with Under Plates

Final Bid:
$215
Antique Sterling Silver Towle "Georgian" Five O'Clock Teaspoons

Antique Sterling Silver Towle "Georgian" Five O'Clock Teaspoons

Final Bid:
$165
Cartier Handmade Pewter Bowl #5

Cartier Handmade Pewter Bowl #5

Final Bid:
$324
Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver "T-Clip" Twist Ballpoint Pen

Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver "T-Clip" Twist Ballpoint Pen

Final Bid:
$88
Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Twist Ballpoint Pen

Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Twist Ballpoint Pen

Final Bid:
$90
Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Twist Ballpoint Pen

Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Twist Ballpoint Pen

Final Bid:
$70
Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Twist Ballpoint Pen

Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Twist Ballpoint Pen

Final Bid:
$116
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Seller Story: John M. Davis, New York, NY

“Some of the items in this sale were used to decorate my home in Connecticut. I’ve owned a historic house Litchfield County for forty years. Dating back to 1783, it’s been featured in books such as Early Homes of New England and Early Houses of New England.

I also spend part of each year in Buenos Aires and on the seacoast of Maine. Because I’ve been so fortunate to travel throughout my entire life, it’s given me opportunities to acquire many unique fashion pieces and decorative objects. It’s now my hope that others will enjoy my sense of style and get the same kind of pleasure that I’ve had from wearing these pieces."

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