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.