Claire M. Stephenson is the widow of Garrick Stephenson, the ''taste arbiter'' in the word of art and antiques. He was born into a prominent Cincinnati family and was the nephew of Briggs Cunningham of auto and yachting fame. Garrick attended Yale and The Parsons School of Design, joined McMillen & Co. as a decorater and then in 1959 began his company Garrick C. Stephenson. His collections, based on ''what strikes the eye'' were distinctive and trend setting, and within a relatively short time Garrick's clientele was the cream of society in the U. S. and abroad, including such names as Harriman, Mellon, Paley, Bass, Post, David-Weill, Kravis, among many others. A Chrtistie's auction of his collection of art and furniture was the highlight of the 1993 season. A major article the same year in ''W'' magazine in which he gave his definite and unvarnished opinion of client tastes was a bombshell. He passed away in 2007.
Another home she owns in the Hamptons is also mapped on this site.