• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 11

    A GEORGE II GILTWOOD AND GILT-GESSO MIRROR

    SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE II GILTWOOD AND GILT-GESSO MIRROR
    SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular bevelled plate in a panelled and egg-and-dart frame surmounted by a frieze or scrolling foliage flanked by shells and a shaped pediment centred by a cartouche with shell, with waved apron centred by a shell and two later brass candle branches, refreshments to gilding
    59½ x 39¾ in. (151 x 78 cm.)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Simon Sainsbury - Collector

    Simon Sainsbury (1930-2006) is remembered as a distinguished collector, in particular of English eighteenth-century furniture, early British pottery, British pictures and Impressionist works, all chosen with immense care and understanding for his much-loved home in Sussex. A quintessentially English setting, Simon was always conscious of achieving the appropriate understated perfection. The majority of his collection was sold at Christie's London on 18 June 2008. With regard to furniture Simon focused on mid-eighteenth century carved mahogany from the golden age of English cabinet-making, collecting such significant names as Mayhew and Ince and Thomas Chippendale. He sought elegance and purity of line combined with lustrous timber and an undisturbed surface, almost always allied to an illustrious and romantic provenance.

    Simon's strong interest in British art was further reflected in his collection of paintings, which ranged in date from 1600 to the present day as well as his superlative collection of English delftware. A diverse collection which included Stubbs, Bonnard and Reynolds was enhanced further by a carefully chosen group of Impressionist and Modern pictures, including works from such artists as Matisse, Signac and Degas.

    Special Notice

    This lot will be sold under the Alpha scheme. If you are an EU Purchaser, there is effectively no change: VAT is charged at 17.5% on the buyer''s premium ONLY on a VAT inclusive basis. VAT is accounted for under the auctioneer''s margin scheme. If you are a non-EU Purchaser: VAT, at 17.5%, will be payable on both the hammer price and the buyer''s premium. VAT on the hammer will be refunded upon receipt of export documentation by the VAT department. Non-EU trading businesses can receive a further VAT refund on the buyer''s premium directly from HM Revenue and Customs.


    Provenance

    The Hon. Simon Sainsbury.