• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 245

    A VICTORIAN WALNUT, ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY HALF-TESTER BED

    ATTRIBUTED TO HOLLAND & SONS, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A VICTORIAN WALNUT, ROSEWOOD AND MARQUETRY HALF-TESTER BED
    ATTRIBUTED TO HOLLAND & SONS, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The rectangular canopy carved with foliage and with a vitruvian scroll frieze, above an embroidered blue and pleated cream silk and padded headboard, the footboard with an arched foliate toprail centred by a painted coat of arms for William Tyssen-Amherst above panels of carved and inlaid foliage centred by an oval medallion with the cypher 'WTA', the ends supported by herms on turned foliate feet, the upholstery distressed, side rails later, end posts reduced
    105 in. (267 cm.) high; 81½ in. (207 cm.) wide; 86 in. (218 cm.) long


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    This spectacular and imposing bed was supplied to William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst, first Baron Amherst of Hackney (1885-1909). With his father he took by royal licence in 1852 the name Tyssen-Amherst, and in 1877 subtituted this with Tyssen-Amherst. On his father's death in 1855 he inherited large properties at Didlington Hall, Norfolk, and in Hackney, and in 1856 he married Margaret Mitford, only child of Robert Mitford of Mitford Castle, Northumberland.
    His chief interest was collecting books and antiquities, creating a library rich in eclesiastical history and in editions of the Englih Bible. In the 1860's he bought steadily, often under the guidance of Bernard Quaritch. The library was eventually sold in two landmark sales at Sotheby's in 1908 and 1909 after the Baron fell prey to the dishonesty of the solicitor entrusted with the administration of his estate and trust-funds.
    Tyssen-Amherst's other antiquities including tapestries, French and English furniture, Limoges enamels and English Majolica were sold at Christie's, 11 December 1908.

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    Provenance

    William Amhurst Daniel Tyssen-Amherst (1835-1909), later Tyssen-Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst of Hackney, probably supplied in 1855-56 for Didlington Hall, Norfolk.