THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
REMOVED FROM PINEHEATH HOUSE, HARROGATE (LOTS 220-222)
This and the following marble statue (lot 221) together with the magnificent Bechstein grand piano with case by François Linke (lot 222), have come for sale for the first time since they were bought by Sir Dhunjibhoy and Lady Bomanji in the 1920s.
Sir Dhunjibhoy Bomanji was an Indian born shipping magnate and philanthropist who built a great fortune from shipping and allied interests in Bombay. Knighted in 1922 for services to the nation, among many generous benefactions he paid for the equestrian statue of Earl Haig at Edinburgh Castle. Sir Dhunjibhoy and Lady Bomanji had houses in Bombay, Windsor and Harrogate. The statues were originally bought for their Windsor home, The Willows.
Following Sir Dhunjibhoy's death, and after World War II, Lady Bomanji moved permanently to their Harrogate home, Pineheath, accompanied by her daughter Mrs. Mehroo Jehangir whose husband had been tragically killed in an air raid in London. Lady Bomanji was affectionately known as ‘Lady Harrogate’, and her daughter took over many of her charitable and civic roles. Pineheath was a testament to belle époque splendour, the furnishings were cared for, but remained relatively untouched for its sixty years at the centre of Harrogate society. The greater contents were sold at Christie’s last year, including a large mantle clock by Raingo Frères and two commodes by François Linke (see Christie’s, London, 14 March 2013 , lots 1-25). These marble statues and magnificent piano remained in situ until the sale of Pineheath last year.