Three Country House Collections at Christie's

You might have noticed by now that at Devas Designs we always love to catch the best sales at Christie’s. As well as finding unique and exciting items for our clients, the sales also serve as a great source of inspiration for us.  This week we attended the Glebe House, Mont Pellier and Woodbury House: Three Country House Collections auction. We wanted to share a few of the items that really stood out for us.

We loved this Regency table, which came from Glebe House. Glebe House was the property of late Anthony Hobson, the world’s leading expert on Renaissance bookbinding. His meticulous approach to his work is clearly reflected in his refined collection that he amassed during his life. He was also fascinated in the notion of the Grand Tour and his collection is a true showcase of European artistic craftsmanship. The Regency table below is brass-mounted, parcel-guilt and ebonised and has a beautiful hand-coloured panel depicting Psyche on the top.

Estimate: £800-1,200

Price realised: £1,500

We were also immediately drawn to this George III mahogany breakfront library bookcase, also from Glebe House. The four astragal-glazed doors together with his mahogany finish and impressive size make it a very impactful piece. It follows a classic 18th Century design and could beautifully display a large book collection.

Estimate: £2,000-3,000

Price Realised: £4,375

The shape of this George III mahogany tub bergere caught our eye. The rounded back and serpentine seat with tapered paneled legs give it a real classic elegance. The aged leather really appealed to us as it would look lovely in a country house, either in a modern or traditional interior.

Estimate: £2,000-4,000

Price realised: £6,625

We were also intrigued by this George IV brass-mounted beech daybed, which came from the collection at Woodbury House in Hampshire, owned by the late Mr and Mrs Anthony Samuel. The Samuels inherited a large collection which they continued to add to, they were known as generous hosts, always entertaining no doubt to show off their collection! We thought this daybed could be exquite if re-upholstered with an interesting fabric and would look divine in a sitting room.

Estimate: £700-1,000