Candy Spelling’s chandeliers, antiques up for sale
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Antique chandeliers may be eye candy to the uninitiated, but Jan’s & Co. Fine French Antiques landed a mother lode with a capital C last week. The West Adams Boulevard wholesaler acquired nine chandeliers, antique fireplace mantels and wall lamps from Candy Spelling’s former Holmby Hills residence, the Manor.
Heiress Petra Ecclestone bought the 56,500-square-foot mansion for an eye-popping $85 million this summer. Not surprisingly, the tastes of legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling’s widow and the current owner differ. The 22-year-old is making the place her own -- an operation apparently being kept private.
Four antiques dealers, however, did get a chance to tour the mansion and compete to buy the treasure trove. Bound by confidentiality agreements not to divulge what his firm paid for the lot or what the interiors look like now, Jan’s Chief Executive Claudio Boltiansky can discuss what was bought and removed.
‘We have been dealing in this business for three generations,’ Boltiansky said. ‘We can tell quality when we see it.’
The grand foyer fixture, for example, is a 19th century Louis XV-style gilt bronze and Baccarat crystal chandelier from Paris. Measuring nearly 7 feet by 4.5 feet, the piece is being taken apart, rewired, cleaned, readjusted and rehung.
‘It’s a $10,000 investment just in order to get it ready for sale,’ Boltiansky said. Anticipating a price in ‘the low six-figure range,’ the antiques dealer will not discuss exact figures until after the sales and then only with buyer permission.
Even after the items have been cleaned and reassembled in the showroom over the next two to three weeks, the public will not be traipsing through to view the 19th century marble fireplace mantel or gilt-bronze wall sconces with figures of parrots. Potential buyers can call for appointments.
This is a discreet business -- ‘the best-kept secret in the antique trade,’ according to the company website -- and Boltiansky is intent on avoiding missteps.
‘We are in South L.A., and to be able to capture this magnitude of antiques,’ he said, ‘it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.’
-- Lauren Beale