Sherman Oaks 2012

July 27, 2012 by  

How often do you get to visit a hillside 1920’s Hollywood style home in Sherman Oaks? Well, next week is your chance. We are presenting the 17 year residence of a celebrity couple, Bill & Cristina Barretta.  He is best known for his work from the beginning of The Muppets with Jim Henson & his son. He plays the Swedish Chef, Pepe’ the King Prawn, Rowlf the Dog & Dr. Teeth.  Cristina is an artful & talented set decorator as her home reflects.


Friday August 3rd 9am-4pm

Saturday August 4th 9am-4pm

Sunday August 5th 11am-5pm

Monday August 6th 10am – 5pm

Contour Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

WARNING! The 3400 sq. ft. home is entered by climbing 52 steps. Tennies or walking shoes are advised. The outdoor, incline elevator is for those 75 years or older if you can’t handle the steps.

This European feel home contains antiques—floor lamp, boxes, Bernhart Co.— oversize china cabinet, marble top buffet, 110” pedestal dining table, 2 side chairs. Italian chairs—4 from the estate of 40’s/50’s singer Perry Como & 4 others, silver painted– coffee table, mirror, pedestal, 2 wall shelf sconces, Fr. style Fautieul chair & ottoman, salon chairs–2 pair & an oversize, 2-1920’s bronzes by B.J. D’Aote  & Chiparus, 8 ½’ brown rolled arm sofa, throw pillows, 3-18th/19th PA architectural fixtures, Arte’ de Mexico—lg. iron sofa/hall table, iron 12 lite chandelier, & wood settee. 40’s/50’s Regency & Fr. style armchairs & game table w/4 silk damask tufted chairs, rd. Victorian tufted ottoman, metal baptismal, sideboard, Chinese armoire & rug, prints, Fr. cloisonne’ clock, 2-18th/19th Spanish faience jars, linens, embroideries, 20’s cabinet, Spanish side table, oval vanity, dressers one w/tri fold mirrors, a silk screened tapestry once owned by Howard Hughes, Art Deco chifferobe. Silk draperies and rods, lamps, china, crystal, barware, high end bric-a-brac, baker’s rack, dozens of picture frames, wood easel, Liam O’Neill coconut wood crafted bowl, Lg. men’s clothes, women’s designer clothes S to L stunning vintage & newer, size 6 ½-7 shoes & boots, jewelry, kitchen, patio, toys.


The salon chairs swivel and are from the 50’s or 60’s. The fabulous game/soiree table is from the 40’s/50’s. There is a signed original Raoul Dufy watercolor from the 1930’s to 1940’s there of ‘Ascot London’. (It is subject to appraisal and its sale will be determined this week).

2 Pr. glass & chrome lamps, ornate Italian style chandelier w/beads & gilt 39”t x 32”w, embellished needlepoint tapestries & runners w/ beads & sequins, chafing dishes in chrome & silver plate, barware & glasses, jewelry- vintage costume and gold, candles, #35/50 pen & ink etching by Keiko Minami ‘Girl with Kite & Dog’, lg. L-shape sofa olive green velvet, oversize Italian chair for 2, mirrors,  1920’s oval side table with floral painting, 50’s style ottoman table, leather chest & 2 ottomans, queen black wrought iron head & footboard w/mattresses bed, pr. Balinese masks, pr. antique Chinese wall tassel plaques, pr. Tiffany style table lamps, small wood console table, 50’s style chenille bedspread, multiple dozens of picture frames, vintage rocking chairs and side tables, small appliances.

Men’s clothes and shoes L, stunning vintage designer women’s clothes M & L and newer designer clothes S & M,  women’s shoes & boots 6 ½ & 7, toys-Legos, radio controlled cars, Batman child’s table & 2 chairs, blocks-natural & painted, musical instruments & real amplifier, games.

Chinese cabinet, lg. executive desk w/ 2 matching file cabinets, antique boxes, new inlaid humidor and jewelry box, retro Harmon- Kardon ‘Space Age Speakers’, pr. new in box and unopened Bose speakers, desk organizers, photo printer, new California King Temperpedic mattress (cost them $3000), 5 piece bedroom furniture set- Head & Footboard, 2 tall dressers, entertainment w/drawers cabinet, 2 side tables.

There is a bed bench, 4 pieces rolling luggage, valet case, many travel bags, Bushnell ‘Voyager’ telescope, many perfume bottles, silver plate serving dishes, large antique style reclining nude oil painting & another antique frame nude print, books—large coffee table books (Sinatra, Beatles, Jackson), movie, biographies, novels, health, travel, wedding & parenting, 6 wood shabby chic bookshelves, tins, Moorish lantern w/colored glass, lg. antique repro ‘Angel  and Woman’ oil painting, lg. entry mirror in black & gilt 44”w x 68”, 2 large chrome & crystal entry & family breakfast room chandeliers—one 20 lite (36” x 50”) & one 18 lite (36” x 30”), ornate, heavy ormolu figural cherubs entry console, machine made Persian area rugs, Knight helmet,  unframed European oil ‘Village’, pr. gorgeous carved wood Korean vases, 7’ alder family dining room table & 6 chairs w/tapestry seats, pr. Mexican children’s chairs & serving dishes, Chinese fish bowl w/faux tree, wrought iron baker’s rack, 1920’s/30’s picnic set in valise, Christmas, Lenox china pieces, vintage decanters & cordials sets, Lladro, 3 box TVs, small boys bike & helmet, 2 scooters, vintage & new  textiles & draperies—4 panels tall gold/olive/ivory, 8 panels tall gold/brown striped silk with wood rods & finials, 6 panels tall silver/gray/gold striped shears, many panels (maybe eight) red velvet, emerald green & yellow striped vintage, burgundy & ivory, newer tapestry in  burgundy/blue/ivory/gold/green and more.

The front terrace contains three large faux terra cotta pots, 2 chaises, round patio table & 4 chairs w/umbrella & stand, Italian potted plants, and an abstract copper fountain. The back Tuscan style  patio has a wood table and 8 wrought iron chairs and woven seats, vintage iron two-shelf console, a vintage iron French style demi-lune multi-tiered 4’ rectangular plant stand, potted plants, 2 Mexican wall planters, an Italian wall fountain, a copper/brass table fountain, 2 wood bar stools, clam steamer, Williams- Sonoma $1500 iron pot rack, three balloonist mobiles, folding chairs. That is it as there is way too much more to list.

There is no Muppet Memorabilia at this sale.

The ‘Starry Night’ faux oil is not for sale.  (I made a mistake. It is a keeper for the family)

                           Faux Plants Are Not For Sale, Except For the Chinese Fish Bowl & Tree

                      The flat screen TV’s are not for sale, nor is the black console in the TV Room & the mirrored console in the living room is NOT for sale.

Here are some pictures.



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