SHOPPING & INTERIORS
September and November 2021
We love a good auction – especially the chance to learn the history behind a piece – and there are two coming up that have really caught our eye.
First up is the contents of Jasper Conran’s home at New Wardour Castle in Wiltshire which will come to auction at Christie’s on 14th September complemented by an online-only sale from 1st to the 21st September. You can also view the collection at the King Street Galleries from 6th to 13th September. Conran’s passion for English country living was honed at his various residences including Walpole House in Chiswick, Flemings Hall in Suffolk, Ben House in Somerset and most recently New Wardour Castle. As he is now on the move to a new home once more, he has decided to sell most of the items. From paintings to chandeliers, gilt mirrors to porcelain imari vases, the stock is grand and high end but there are also more modern items too such as Robert Kime lamps and an English tole ‘Golden Oak’ eight light chandelier by Cox London. Conran’s eye is honed so although the collection is big, you really get a sense of his vision and style.
Secondly on November 16th is the contents of Weston Hall by auctioneers Dreweatts, the home of the Sitwell family and their ancestors for over 300 years. On sale will be art works, furniture, ceramics, silver, military and books from the maze of principle rooms and nine attics. Probably the most famous member of the family is Dame Edith Sitwell, writer, fashion muse and friend of Noel Coward, Cecil Beaton and Evelyn Waugh, all part of the Bright Young Things set in the 1920s. On sale will be a selection of her clothes and jewels, including a feather-trimmed hat that she wore for a sitting with Cecil Beaton and a silk brocade gown in black, pink and green that she wore to the premier of the musical My Fair Lady in 1965. Also of note is an ebonised oak four-poster bed incorporating decorative George III needle work hangings. The bed was housed in a bedroom particularly favoured by Edith Sitwell on her visits and according to the family, ‘It was on the grand bed that Edith could be found, while visiting the family at Weston Hall. She would sit regally in bed propped up by so many pillows, her head adorned by some sort of turban and on a blue tray, she would write her poetry.’ It’s an eclectic sale, reflecting the tastes and lives of many generations – and all the richer for it. Don’t miss!