Update: Observer culture editor Sarah Douglas reveals that in an almost too-perfect deal, the buyer of the townhouse is actually a swiss art collector, Ursula Hauser. It turns out Caspar Spescha is her financial planner. Ms. Hauser has a thing for female artists and just so happens to have collected a number of Ms. Sleigh’s pieces.
Original Post: The estate of feminist realist artist Sylvia Sleigh Alloway has sold her Chelsea townhouse. The painter, whose husband Lawrence Alloway coined the term “pop art” and was a curator at the Guggenheim, passed away last year.
“That property just has a really good energy, you know?” Corcoran broker Steve Millhollon told The Observer. Mr. Millhollon said that the home is definitely a fixer-upper. “It has tons of potential,” he said. “There’s a lot that can be done with it.”
For those hoping to feel some of that special energy, they should try the backyard. In the listing, which Mr. Millhollon shared with fellow Corcoran agent David Strah, the brokers note that Ms. Sleigh worked extensively from home, painting her provocative works in the 40-foot back garden. “Not all townhouses have a nice garden like that,” Mr. Millhollon said.
The 5-bedroom, 2.5-bath Greek Revival gem was built around 1857. Spanning four floors and featuring an oval skylight, four marble fireplaces and a double parlor with twelve foot ceilings, the 3,264-square-foot home is an ornate artist’s den.
The property was originally listed in May of this year for $4.195 million but ultimately sold for slightly less, $3.8 million. Although the home was purchased anonymously using an LLC, the buyer appears to be Caspar Spescha, a Swiss financier whose name appears on the deed. Mr. Spescha could not immediately be reached for comment.