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Jackson's WRJ Design creates rare book exhibition for Sotheby’s New York

(Jackson, Wyo.) - WRJ Design, a Jackson Hole-based firm, is designing an auction preview for Sotheby’s New York focused on the rarified English book and art-filled estate of late financier Robert S Pirie. Described by Sotheby’s as “the finest collection of 16th- and 17th-century English literature in private hands,” the Pirie materials include significant works by Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson and John Donne among others. The WRJ-designed exhibition is set to open at Sotheby’s on Nov. 27, 2015, with the auction to follow Dec. 2-5. The estate, including roughly 1,500 books, is expected to fetch more than $15 million. “We are recreating the spirit and aesthetic of the Pirie collection and interiors,” says Rush Jenkins, CEO and owner of WRJ Design with COO Klaus Baer, of the upcoming Sotheby’s show. The WRJ team’s expertise will go toward highlighting Pirie’s extraordinary books, which include the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s poems from 1640, one of the rarest editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and Charles I’s personal copy of the King James Bible. “Working with Sotheby’s to design an exhibit that captures the passion of Mr. Pirie combined with the intellectual writings of these great historical authors is an honor and pleasure,” adds Jenkins. Robert S Pirie spent some 60 years amassing his unparalleled examples of Elizabethan English literature, beginning with a copy of John Donne Devotions acquired when the young Pirie was in Germany while serving in the US Army. Donne was an initial focus of Pirie’s collection, which also includes one of 38 autograph letters from Donne in existence – one of only three in private hands. In addition to his world-renowned literary collection, the Pirie estate includes an extensive range of prints, drawings, English silver, French porcelain and Asian art that will also figure into WRJ’s auction preview. *Feature Photo: h/t WRJ Design / Pitchengine Communities * #buckrail #news