THE INTERIORS SALE AT CHRISTIE’S
Christopher will be presenting items in the Interiors Sale at Christie’s King Street next Wednesday 31st January, alongside property from the collection of Sir David & Lady Tang, and the 4th Viscount of Allendale’s family seat Bywell Hall, Northumberland.
Though Christie’s sadly closed it’s South Kensington auction rooms last summer, they did decide to keep the Interiors Sale, moving it to King Street. With 300 lots starting from £500, Curatorial Director of Private & Iconic Collections and Country House Sales, Andrew Waters was keen to keep the sale, providing an entry point for new buyers. This sale celebrates the objects that we fill our homes and living spaces with as a way of life.
Christopher reflects this outlook by taking a more traditional approach to the sale. Originally, the country house sales would take place in situ, the pieces being auctioned in their original setting. This allowed buyers to see the pieces in the context of their living environment, instead of as an anonymous object, identified more by its auction estimate than its antecedence.
In line with this tradition, Christopher chose to style and photograph his collection of antique and Made by Howe lots at Wormington Grange in Gloucestershire, owned by his friend John Evetts, Furniture Manager for the Landmark Trust. Wormington Grange seemed the natural choice and perfect setting, not having suffered the common over-restoration that many period houses have, John has retained all of it’s its natural character and charm.
Guests at Christie’s Lates, King Street last Monday gained further insight as Christopher answered a Q&A with Andrew Waters on the influence of the Country House Style as well as his love of combining furniture from different periods including new pieces #madebyhowe. Particular attention was paid to a beautiful George III ‘bachelor’s’ chest of drawers, an unassuming piece with story as rich as the colour of it’s hidden brushing slide that pulls out to reveal a stark contrast to the beautifully faded mahogany exterior, an effect produced by the passing of time.
In curating this space in Christie’s, Howe aims to show how the craftsmanship, longevity and comfort behind an interior can be way of life & not just a business opportunity.
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