EDGAR WILLIAM and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch's New York apartment is much more elegant and formal than Pokety, as you might expect.
The apartment isn't large, but rather an exquisite bandbox, almost like one of those miniature pieces of furniture Mrs. Garbisch so enjoyed collecting. Here, as at Pokety, the curtains, the rugs and the upholstery are all elaborately done in period fasion, all the design of Mrs. Garbisch, who had a real interest in textiles of all kinds.
When she was a girl, she studied art in France, and began to collect French paintings and furniture, continuing through the '30s. Her sister, Thelma Crysler Foy, in the Chrysler tradition of collecting on a great scale, also collected Impressionist paintings and French furniture. The sale of her estate in 1949 is still legendary.
As you walk into the tiny foyer, you are almost hit by the large Picasso, "Santo Seated With Arms Crossed." It is signed and dated 1923, during Picasso's neoclassical period of which only a handful of large oils remain. The painting was owned previously by Vladamir Horowitz and Averell Harriman. Also in the foyer gallery is the Van Gogh, "Adeline Ravoux" (1890), painted shortly before Van Gogh died at the Cafe Ravoux.
In the drawing room are 10 Renoirs, including "The Balcony"; over the credenza is Claud Monet's "In the Garden" (1875). The Degas painting, "Dancing Girl" (1883), is counted as the most important of the Degas pastels.
The porcelain is mostly Sevres and Chinese Export.
The furniture is French. A Louis XV serpentine front tulipwood marquetry commode was made by Charles Cressent in the last quarter of the 18th century. The two Louis XVI tulipwood commodes are by C. Topino. The Savonnerie carpet has Louis XIV's own arms worked into the design.
As Peggy Shannon of Sotheby Parke Bernet put it, "Everything you look at is something."