Sélavy at Sotheby’s

This week we are sharing a current auction that caught our eye. Sélavy by Di Donna and Sotheby’s are have announced a joint selling exhibition at the Sotheby’s gallery in Palm Beach. This is the first collaboration between Sotheby’s and Sélavy by Di Donna, a shoppable online salon of art and design with a storefront window in Southampton, founded last year by Christina Floyd Di Donna and Emmanuel Di Donna.

The Sélavy at Sotheby’s Palm Beach salon is available to explore and shop instantly online and in person at Sotheby’s gallery at The Royal Poinciana Plaza from February 13 to March 5, 2021. The online catalogue shares some beautiful imagery of some well known classics and more contemporary finds.

Pierre Jeanneret Three piece salon suite C. 1959-60
Comprising one sofa (not shown) and a pair of upholstered armchairs in teak and hide upholstery $200,000
Founded in 2020 by Christina and Emmanuel Di Donna, the founders of Di Donna Galleries on Madison Avenue, Sélavy by Di Donna presents curated vignettes that combine fine art and design spanning mediums, time periods and cultures. The works are available to explore and instantly collect at selavy.com.
A corner gallery space at 30 Jobs Lane in the town of Southampton functions as a rotating salon viewable from multiple angles through large corner windows, providing a window into a life well lived. While Di Donna’s New York gallery is known for its biannual museum quality exhibitions of Surrealist and modern art, Sélavy by Di Donna embraces an eclectic mix of objects and artworks, revealing how unexpected juxtapositions are the foundation of inspiring interiors.

We love these sculptural stoneware sculptures by John Born. Born is a ceramicist and founder of Humble Matter in Brooklyn, New York. Born’s aesthetic exhibits both a timeless and contemporary dimension, finding echoes in ancient Cycladic forms and modernist sculpture.

The philosophy behind Humble Matter, and Born’s practice in particular, centres on the notion that ceramics “not only serve as functional pieces but as talismans that ground us in the magic of everyday rituals in an increasingly dehumanised and digitised world.”

The winter residency at the Sotheby’s gallery is a homecoming for Sélavy co-founder Christina Floyd Di Donna, who was raised in Florida and who, along with her husband, Emmanuel Di Donna, began her career at Sotheby’s.

“I am delighted to bring Sélavy to the Palm Beach collecting community, and I am very excited for my friends, as well as the local art and design enthusiasts, to discover the unexpected combinations that are the hallmark of Sélavy,” said Christina Floyd Di Donna.

Another piece by Jean (Hans) Arp, Constellation is a bronze piece made in 1938 priced at €180,000

The croissant chair, chosen by us almost entirely for it’s name (!) is by Rogan Gregory and is priced at $36,000.

The bronze sculpture above by Fausto Melotti is titled Senza Titolo C. 1976, $600,000

Above, John Born stoneware and birch side table above along side a Claude Conover Caak Pot from 1975.


150 Royal Poinciana Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480, USA

Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm  Sunday 11am-5pm

All images c/o Sotheby’s – Nicky’s World – February 2021