The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill Is a Testament to her Glamorous and Impeccable Style

The collection recently went on sale at Christie's in New York City, and it offers a fascinating look at the beautiful objects and decor Lee decorated her home and her life with.

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The Woman Behind the Collection

We know her face well: Lee Bouvier Radziwill's dark, beautiful features matched her sister’s, and in photographs were often punctuated with a warm smile. She was Truman Capote’s muse and the subject of Andy Warhol’s art. She was a princess — sister to Jackie Bouvier Kennedy, sister-in-law to President Kennedy. At one point, she was one of the most photographed women in the world. But beyond it all she was a designer who had an impeccable eye for fashion and interiors. This past October, The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill went up for auction at Christie’s in New York City, and (besides a sale total of more than one million dollars) the collection gives us a fleeting glimpse of all the wonderful objects Lee used to decorate her home and her fascinating life. Come with us, as we weave our way through some of the most iconic pieces of the late socialite’s personal collection.

Inside Her Closet

"[Lee] knew how to edit her choices to make the best impact without overpowering. For instance, one statement necklace, a pair of bold sunglasses or chic jacket — but never all at once," Liz Seigel, Associate Vice President, Specialist of Private and Iconic Collections at Christie’s tells Her collection included three pairs of her large sunglasses. Pictured here are a gray and brown pair by Roger Vivier.

Fashion Jewelry

A faux pearl necklace and a pair of blue glass rhinestone and gilt-metal ear clips — both Chanel — once worn by Lee.

Lee's 72nd Street Dining Room

“[Lee’s] interiors were vibrant and exciting, combining both a sophisticated refinement and a love of the exotic,” says Liz.

Lee referred to her dining room at 72nd Street in New York as her “ode to Mongiardino,” a reference to storied Italian decorator Renzo Mongiardino, who she often collaborated with. The dining room as a whole speaks to Renzo’s love of fabrics and bold prints, seen above in the upholstered walls, furniture and throw pillows. The result: “Inviting, warm and inspired,” says Liz.

Framed Florals

This framed painting by George Oakes is just one of a set of four floral watercolors featuring various hues that Lee used to decorate Turville Grange, her home in Turville Heath (a town 40 minutes outside of London).

From Vases to Lamps

As well, a pair of Chinese porcelain vases, mounted as lamps, brought rich color and florals to Turville Grange.

Florals Abound

These stunning painted glass tablewares by Joy De Rohan-Chabot speak to Lee's love for patterns.

Shades of Cream

This dreamy button-tufted sofa sat in the living room of Lee's New York City home.

An Ode to Neutrals

Lee's Fifth Avenue dining room was upholstered in vibrant patterns, but she decorated her cloud-like living room within the same apartment in shades of neutrals. Sole for her button-tufted sofa, which she ornamented with a burgundy throw.

A Closer Look

The venetian velvet throw draped across her sofa boasts an LR monogram.

Slip Into a Suave Chair

Lee seemed to have an affinity for button-tufted furniture. This Napoleon III slipper chair, upholstered in pink and white striped Rubelli fabric, is made super glam with giltwood legs.

The Perfect Plates

Lollipop flowers grow out an intricate grass pattern on these porcelain, gold-ground plates once owned by Lee.

Design and Decor

These design and decor books from Lee's personal library collection give us a special look at her style. Titles include Wallpaper in America and New Tiffany Table Settings, as well as books on Chanel and Diane Von Furstenberg. Many are signed with personal notes to Lee.

Parquetry Tricoteuse

Lee used this regal, Louis XVI style two-tiered table at her London apartment on 4 Buckingham Place. It also decorated her apartment in New York.

Sage Seating

This Victorian Rosewood velvet settee is a glamourous yet refined shade of sage. Two throw pillows covered in matching La Manach fabric complete Lee's look.

A Lasting Icon

"Lee Radziwill’s style was impeccable," says Liz. "The choices she made both sartorially and in her jewelry and accessories, as well as in the decoration of her homes, communicated a sense of confidence and candor." Browse the full collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill on Christie's website.