The contents of Mrs. Heinz’s London mews house and Manhattan townhouse will be offered in at Christie’s London on 4 June, following the auction of important impressionist and modern works from the collection on 13 May at Christie’s New York. The London mews house was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Heinz in the 1950s and survived with remarkable untouched interiors by the legendary decorator John Fowler, with a second phase of development and decoration executed in the 1980s by Renzo Mongiardino when a neighbouring mews house was annexed. Mongiardino added a theatrical ballroom, decorating the walls with trompe l'oeil vistas inspired by the Villa Falconieri in Rome, which balanced the double height drawing room created by Fowler sitting on the opposite side of the court yard around which the house is centred. Overlooking the East River, Drue Heinz’s five story Manhattan townhouse was also decorated by Mongiardino, with its interiors recorded in Architectural Digest shortly after completion.
The dedicated collection sale, to include in excess of 400 lots, illustrates these remarkable houses and their interiors through the lens of the objects they contained including Impressionist & Modern, Modern British, Contemporary and Old Master Paintings complimented by English and Continental furniture and objet d’art, silver, Chinese porcelain and decorative and soft furnishings, with much supplied either by Colefax & Fowler or Mongiardino. The sale and is led by a massive George II giltwood pier mirror, circa 1750. Further highlights include Swimming Pool by David Hockney, O.M., C.H., R.A., signed, dedicated and dated 'For Drue and Jack with love from David H. Feb/1982', a Regency specimen marble, bronzed and parcel-gilt centre table circa 1810; a pair of Chinese Export black and gilt-lacquer wardrobes, 19th century, incorporating 18th century Chinese export lacquer panels; a Victorian oak letter box, late 19th century, by W. Thornhill.