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South African born international interior designer Grant White was a director of the Chelsea based antiques shop O.F. Wilson Ltd for ten years before he left in 1999 to set up his own company, Grant White Design Ltd. From his studio showroom in The Old Imperial Laundry at Battersea, he continues to deal in antique and 20th century furniture. Together with his design team Grant works for clients in locations ranging from chateaux in the Loire to hotels and houses in London, America and the island of Mustique.
Together or individually the items I have chosen could add an exotic and surprising twist to any contemporary or traditional interior. Most of these items are 19th century, but they come from all over the world and yet they share highly decorative complementary elements. For me one of the delights of the Christie's South Kensington saleroom is the sheer diversity of what is on offer.
Lot 327 -- The Anglo Indian bureau
This bureau dates from the first half of the 19th century and is probably Goanese. Anglo Indian furniture is a particular favourite of mine. The European lines of this piece have been softened and reinterpreted by Indian craftsmen, and then made up in exotic woods, which gives the piece great originality and character. I like the dramatic contrast of the graphic floral inlay in ivory against the darker hardwood. A piece like this is a strong statement and would add romance and glamour to both simple and grand rooms.
Lot 532 -- The black and gold Regency chairs
These are classic English Regency armchairs, dating from 1810. Although they are in need of some restoration work, they could be a great buy. Their elegant lines and quiet refined decoration would look good in the sleekest city apartment or most traditional country house.
Lot 323 -- A pair of carved camel side tables
These tables are beloved by decorators for their capacity to conjure up images of the exotic East; lifting the most prosaic interior into the realms of the fantastical. Surprisingly these are not Middle Eastern, as one might first suppose, but Anglo Indian. They date from the second half of the 19th century and are in exquisitely carved sandalwood.