Event Date9 February 10:30 AM GMT | Live auction 21919

An Opulent Aesthetic: An Important Private Collection from an English Country House

An Opulent Aesthetic: An Important Private Collection from an English Country House

Sale Overview

The interiors of this English country house were an opulent reinterpretation of the traditional country house style. They reflected the collector’s notable eye for excellence, connoisseurship and taste, providing a luxurious retreat from the city, where country sports could be enjoyed and friends entertained on a grand scale. The enfilade of principal reception rooms, painted in bold colours, gave a spectacular backdrop for the important yet eclectic collection being offered here for sale.

Each room had its own distinct identity - from the formal Venetian overtones of the red drawing room to the more relaxed comfort of the bar, with its layered salon hang of dog pictures completing the highly distinctive mise-en-scène. The objects and paintings which inhabited these grand spaces represent some of the great artistic movements of the 18th and 19th centuries. Important works range from paintings by John Constable to Alfred de Dreux, which sat coherently alongside important French 18th century furniture attributed to makers such as Oeben, Dubois and Cresson. The sale also includes clocks, porcelain, silver, soft furnishings and lighting with many works boasting illustrious provenance, coming from important English, European and American collections such as the Alberto Bruni Tedeschi collection and those of the Lords Hesketh at Easton Neston and the Sackville family at Knole.

Auction times
09 Feb 10:30 AM (GMT) Lots 1-266

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Adrian Hume-Sayer

Adrian Hume-Sayer

Director, Specialist | Private & Iconic Collections

A Director of the Private Collections and Country House Sales department, Adrian specialises in furniture and works of art. Since joining the department in 2010 Adrian has been responsible for a number of notable collection sales including: Harewood, Collecting in the Royal Tradition, The Collection of Professor Sir Albert Richardson, and Works of Art from the Collection of the Marquesses of Londonderry as well as orchestrating the sales of the personal collections of Margaret Thatcher and Audrey Hepburn. Training as an auctioneer at the age of twenty-one, Adrian initially worked at Tennant’s Auctioneers in his native North Yorkshire before moving to Bonham’s in 2003 and joining Christie’s in 2009. With a particularly strong interest in all types of English furniture and works of art, Adrian sits on the Council of the Furniture History Society as well as on the Selection Committee for the Attingham Summer School. Adrian also has a strong interest in Architectural history.

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