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The property of the Executors of Mrs. Michael Behrens
Michael Behrens (1911-1989) was a keen collector who combined a successful career in banking with patronage of the arts. He was patron to many young artists, sculptors, musicians and writers and served on the Council of the Zoological Society and the Royal College of Art. The collection he formed at his home, Culham Court, Henley-on-Thames, was one of superb quality. It was also typical of his eclectic taste that he juxtaposed old and new, and he regularly attended student exhibitions and searched obscure galleries in search of talent. His remarkable collection of furniture, mostly English of the 18th and early 19th Centuries was formed with a descerning eye, and included William Beckford's famous dressing and writing-commode from Fonthill Splendens, attributed to John Channon and sold Christie's, London, 6 July 1989, lot 163 for (1,100,000: the first million pounds piece of English furniture at auction. Its companion piece is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (W.4:1956). Further pieces from the Behrens' collection will be offered for sale at Christie's King Street on 4 July 2002.