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Sir Cecil Beaton, C.B.E., Reddish House, Wiltshire (+); Christie's house sale, 9 June 1980, lot 70.
Compared to aesthetes like Beckford, King George IV, Ludwig II and Diaghilev, Cecil Beaton furnished his home at Reddish House in an eclectic style that was as theatrical and fantastic as his personal life. Although Surrealism, popular art and the Marché aux puces played a part in forming his decorations, Beaton was particularly fascinated by the French eighteenth-century, even organising a legendary fête champêtre at Ashcombe, his house before Reddish. When buying French objects or furniture, he often consulted Paul Wallraf and Felix Harbord.