Monday, December 19, 2016

Collector Profile: Domenico and Eleanore De Sole combine eras and genres

By Deborah Will
Domenico and Eleanore De Sole (Courtesy Rebecca Stumpf)
COLORADO---Eleanore De Sole made a splash upon her arrival at the 2015 benefit gala for Anderson Ranch, the Aspen artist retreat and studio school. On the arm of her husband, Domenico—the longtime business partner of Tom Ford and current chair-man of the board of Sotheby’s. Although the two are clearly a collecting couple, Eleanore might have more of the shopping bug. “She buys art like a drunken sailor,” Domenico teases. That passion speaks to a very European way of collecting and displaying art in a private home, where genres and eras are combined to create a mix that truly reflects the owners’ taste and personality. In the De Soles’ Aspen abode, a very desirable Fontana buchi work from 1954 hangs adjacent to a diptych by the less well-known German abstract painter Helmut Dorner, who studied with Gerhard Richter. [link]