Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Charles Addams House for Jackie Kennedy

Property from Kennedy Family Homes—yes, those Kennedys—were sold at Sotheby's New York in 2005. Included in that sale was a watercolor by Charles Addams inscribed "To Jackie/like Newport." The painting depicts an Addams architectural fantasy supposedly similar to the magnificent homes of Newport, Rhode Island. If the family of the late Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was selling off original Addams artwork like this, one can only wonder what treasures, if any, they chose to hang on to.

Inscribed "To Jackie/like Newport/Chas Addams"

Inscribed "To Jackie/like Newport/Chas Addams"

Note:  I saw Jackie Onassis only once at a concert in Carnegie Hall probably very early in the 'eighties, let's say '81. I remember seeing her up close during the intermission and her appearance was absolutely radiant. Rostropovich led the National Symphony Orchestra in an all-Tchaikovsky program, a concert that was easily the most thrilling I've ever attended. It was "the concert of the season" according to the woman seated on my right who sounded like she knew enough to judge such things. My father pointed out how much better than ours the seating was for Mrs. Onassis and her companion—was it fifth row, center?—but really she was only a few rows in front of us. Her presence in the Hall that night meant even more to my mother. Women of my mother's generation had admired and sought to emulate Jackie Kennedy like nobody else on earth. My mother had a great time that night, but I know it wasn't just the music.

Charles Addams I never ran into anywhere.

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