Window shopping

Heads up: local readers might already know a lot of the info in today's post.

The June/July issue of Traditional Home has a one page feature on the home (really the sale of its contents) of Patricia Kluge. There was a little chatter around town leading up to the release of the catalog of items that would be for sale and Ada-Marie at Spark! (and the winner of the giveaway I just had) gave me a heads up about the article.

Traditional Home doesn't go into much detail and only includes one large picture, so I though I'd share a few more. These were taken from the real estate listing on Sotheby's and from catalog for the auction of the entire contents of the home.

"Albemarle House" (that's the name of our county for those readers who aren't local) is near Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, which also means it's near the "secret garden" and home I showed shared recently. It's pretty spectacular looking, isn't it?

The interiors are equally impressive. There are plenty more on the Sotheby's site dedicated to the house.

The listing calls it "one of the most important residences created in the United States since the Golden Age". Do you think they meant the Gilded Age, which is when the Newport mansions and Biltmore Estate were built? The Golden Age didn't have anything to do with the United States.

Anyway...the house has eight bedrooms, thirteen full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and all the features you'd expect of a house like this, down to a helipad. The original asking price for the house was $100 million, but a modest price reduction has brought it down to $48 million.

There are two kitchens in the house, one is deemed the "family kitchen" and the other is a chef's kitchen. I'm going to assume that this one is the family kitchen.

The Sotheby's site has many pictures of the beautiful grounds around the home. The gardens are amazing.

Someone told me about this gallery before I saw it on the listing. They told me the statues were picked out individually and shipped here from Europe.

By the way, the auction catalog is massive and provided some fun window shopping. While browsing the catalog online, I came across this bust and assumed it was from the gallery shown above. A little looking and I realized that the floor and columns are different in the it's from a different part of the home.

This beautiful cabinet
will probably sell for more than many homes in the area are worth.

The description of this chest says it's "important". The estimate, $400,000-$600,000 reflects that.

That chest is the second more valuable item in the catalog. The highest estimate ($600,000-$1 million) goes to a table clock from Qianlong Period (1736-1795).

The item that is estimated to go for the lowest price is a set of Deruta Majolica plates, which might fetch $50-70. The catalog has no picture, so I did a search to figure out what they are. Recognize these?

Okay, the Kluge lot is actually a set that was custom made, but I thought it was funny that the chicken pitcher that I'm sure you've see before was made by the company.

By the way, a Richmond reporter wrote an interesting piece about the auction of the contents of the home. Apparently, Sotheby's hasn't done an "on site" auction in decades. The home I shared yesterday, Morven, is mentioned in the time line. You might also have fun looking at the catalog from the sale of some of Patricia Kluge's jewelry.

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Whew! I feel like I was channeling Joni while writing this post. I'll be back to more personal projects tomorrow.


  1. this kind of extravagance completely boggles my mind. I just can't understand why someone would actually want this large of a home!

  2. So interesting -- thanks for the research and info!

  3. i'm glad you posted this. i half-heartedly wanted to...but the whole thing is just so over the top. i like what you said about that one chest -- it'll sell for more than what some houses are worth!

  4. I actually went to Albemarle House yesterday for a tour and to look at what's being auctioned. It was unbelievable.

    You're right about that kitchen being the family kitchen.

    If I remember correctly, the bust that you commented on is the entrance hall, opposite the door when you come in. It's from about 200 AD, but isn't even the oldest item in the house -- that honor goes to a Greek vase from 550 BC.


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