New York Mayor Ditches Antiques in Historic Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion
Gracie Mansion
  • The den at Gracie Mansion.

    The den at Gracie Mansion.

    West Elm

New York mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane, have swapped out antiques in the over 200-year-old Gracie Mansion for pieces from West Elm, a catalog retailer.

Gone are pieces like a circa-1690 Dutch-inspired cupboard, reports The Times, replaced by modern furnishings donated by West Elm to Gracie Mansion Conservatory. Rooms that are open to the public retain their original appearance, while the bedrooms and living areas used by the de Blasios are now newly-decorated in mass-produced pieces, befitting the mayor's populist political campaign.

The mansion underwent a $7 million Baroque-style renovation under Bloomberg in 2002.

More News Feed Headlines

Kerry James Marshall's Past Times (1997) set a new record for a living African American artist of $21.1m with fees

Record Prices Abound at Sotheby's $392 Million Contemporary Art Sale

  • May 17, 2018 12:41

On Wednesday, Sotheby's tallied $392.3m total with fees for contemporary art in New York, setting ...

Read More

Richard Gray

Richard Gray, Noted Gallerist, Remembered

  • May 17, 2018 12:06

Richard Gray, a celebrated art dealer, civic leader, and philanthropist, died Wednesday morning ...

Read More

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, from 1633, is the only seascape by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn.  It was cut from its frame and stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1990.

Man Busted in Fraud Scam After Offering Gardner Museum's Missing Masterpieces on Craigslist

  • May 16, 2018 13:57

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for offering online two stolen artworks from ...

Read More

Jan Six with the rediscovered Rembrandt.

Dutch Art Dealer Rediscovers a Rembrandt

  • May 16, 2018 13:04

Dutch art dealer Jan Six says he knew right away that a painting catalogued as by an unknown ...

Read More

Related Press Releases


ArtfixDaily Artwire