Lot 709

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**Featherwork tilt-top table, by Bill Cunningham 20th century, decorated overall with various exotic plumes; H38 1/2" Dia.2"

Provenance: Estate of Katrina Hickox Becker

Literature: Cunningham, Bill. FASHION CLIMBING. New York: Penguin, 2018.

Other Notes: William John 'Bill' Cunningham Jr. (1929-2016) was an American fashion photographer for the New York Times.

In 1948, Cunningham dropped out of Harvard University, moved to New York City and at the tender age of 19 worked at Bonwit Teller in the advertising department. In short order he quit to begin designing hats under the name "William J". After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he returned to New York in 1953 and continued his work as a milliner. His clients in the 1950s included Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, and future First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier. Encouraged by his clients, he started writing for Women's Wear Daily[6] and later the Chicago Tribune. He closed his hat shop in 1962.

Cunningham is best known for his fashion photography and journalism with the New York Times, notably the columns "On the Street" and "Evening Hours" which ran in the Times from 1989 until shortly before his death in 2016.

Cunningham designed a few select objects and pieces of furniture and accessories, though they are mostly undocumented. See related mirror offered at Christie's-New York (21-22 Aug. 2019, Lot 212).

  • Good overall condition. Some minor lifting of the larger feathers.

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September 17, 2021 11:00 AM EDT
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