Christie's Interiors // November

Regular sales like Christie’s Interiors are excellent for finding pieces for your home.We make sure we keep track of London’s best auctions and regularly attend to pick out stand out pieces for our clients. Christie's have a guaranteed standard of quality with the finest hand selected items of furniture, works of art and decorative pieces. Their Interiors sale this November is no exception and there is a fine selection of pieces on sale.

We wanted to share with you a selection of our favourite pieces from this month's Interiors sale at Christie's ...

There was an impressive selection of antique carpets that would be stunning in a classic interior. We were particularly struck by the two designs below. The carpet on the left has a classic ziegler design, its dual tones could even provide inspiration for an interiors colour scheme. The carpet on the right is from Tabriz in Iran and its decorative design would add a real charm to a sitting or dining room.

This pair of bronze and gilt torches caught our eye. Complete with five light spaces, the touches are decorated with an orb supported by an eagle. Their five branches emanate from lion masks while the triform bases are decorated with dolphins. The details on these torches is exquisite and they would be beautiful centrepieces for a dinner table, truly lighting up the table.

Among the items of furniture on sale were two tables that particularly stood out to us for their classic designs and elegance. The table on the right is made from regency rosewood and tiger maple. It features charming ivory handles, and frieze edged in trellis parquetry.

We also loved this French brass-mounted mahogany bouillotte table on the right. It is in a classic Louis XVI style with a grey-veined white marble top and two ash lined drawers.

This pair of modern stools has been upholstered in floral cut-velvet and are a beautifully rich colour.

Collections Sale at Sotheby's

We love the items in this month’s Collections auction at Sotheby’s. It’s a real eclectic mix of antique, classic, unique and collectable items. We wanted to share with you a selection of the items that really stood out for us.

This exquisite piece instantly caught eye, it is a rare Vincennes group of Venus and Adonis (c.1750-52). L’Heure du Berger is represented by the reclining female figure in loose drapery, with a male youth balanced and twisting towards her. There is a real sense of elegance to this piece, aided by the white colouring. A smaller piece like this is easy to display and can add beautifully to an existing collection.

Estimate: £12,000-18,000

While we enjoy sourcing all types of items for our clients, we love finding precious artworks. A unique and sensitive work of art can make a big impact in your home. This work by old master Rembrandt instantly stood out to us. The etching, made in 1630, shows the bust of a man wearing a high cap, and the model is thought to be Rembrandt’s father.

Estimate: £800-1,200

The Italian 18th Century work below is a charming depiction of the temple of Clitumnus, near Spoleto. It has been drawn in pen and brown ink with a grey wash over traces of black chalk. Its limited colouring makes it versatile, and although it would perfectly suit a classic interior, it could bring character and charm to a contemporary living space.

Estimate: £800-1,200

These George III carved gilt wood and gesso wall lights (pair) from the late 18th Century are truly exquisite. Both elegant and grand, they are typically characteristic of the neo-classical taste of late 18th Century England. They feature the typical classical urn, ram’s head and bell-flower garlands.

Estimate: £4,000-6,000

This walnut dining table (c. 1970) is a real centre piece. Its simple design is both bold and elegant and it sits on six hexagonal shaped steel legs. This table comes from the collection of British filmmaker, Bryan Forbes, best known for directing ‘The Stepford Wives’.

Estimate: £3,000-5,000

'Style and Spirit' at Christie's

We were very keen on exploring Christie’s sale ‘Style and Spirit’ this September as its features a carefully chosen selection of piece from Core One’s collection. Sadly, Core One Antiques, known for being one of the best and most discerning spaces in London to buy antiques has been forced out from their Kings Road gasworks location. Some of the dealers who shared the space are moving together to a converted aircraft hangar in Gloucestershire so thankfully Core One will live on. Christie’s has marked this moment by auctioning a selection of Core One’s finest pieces, among other spectacular pieces from various sources for ‘Style and Spirit’.

We wanted to share a selection of our favourite pieces from the sale.

We were struck by this marvellous collection of ten French armchairs. Painted blue, they have elegant circular seats within a wire-work frame. They were designed by Pascal Mourgue who aimed to design pieces of furniture that were both modern in design but had a timeless style. He focussed on designing for both home and office interiors. His initial training in sculpture was stayed embedded in his furniture design, and these armchairs are a beautiful example of his sculptural moulding.

Estimate: £1,000-1,500

This Italian stone console table really stood out as being a unique piece. Atop its stone legs sits a stunning specimen marble top. The top is inset with various onyx, granite and breccia marble specimens. While its top has a real sense of luxury, its simple design give it an overall elegance that would sit perfectly in either a classic or modern interior and compliment a subtle colour palette.

Estimate: £1,500-2,500

We loved the elegant simplicity of this Italian vellum and fruitwood sideboard. It was designed by Paolo Buffa in c. 1940 and features a beautiful pleated satin top. Buffa worked initially as an architect and even had a brief stint working for Gio Ponti. Alongside designing incredible buildings including country houses and civic buildings, Buffa designed tables, carpets, lighting and even an espresso machine. He employed renowned artisans such as Mario Quarti and Angelo Marelli to build his stunning pieces of furniture. Buffa's trademark style blends both classical and modern design elements, which is why this sideboard caught our eye. Its elegance means it would look stunning in either a modern or classic interior, and it has a timeless beauty while still hinting at its Midcentury origin.

Estimate: £2,000-3,000

While the items of furniture on sale definitely stood out for us, we were surprisingly drawn to this abstract composition by Charles Gordon. It’s abstract dotted patterning also reminded us of Australian Aboriginal dot paintings. We often find that as well as complimenting an existing interior, if you are really drawn to a particular work of art it can inform and dictate the colour palette for a new interior design project. A work like this would look eye catching in an interior that was based around subtle tones with splashes of matching colours 

Estimate: £1,500-2,000

Christie’s Interiors Sale // September

Christie’s has another fantastic Interiors sale this month.

Do you read Christie’s Interiors magazine? We love receiving our copy each month as it is always filled with interior design inspiration and interviews, if you want to read more just click here

We love attending the Interiors sales each month, there are always stand-out and unique items of furniture, works of art and decorative objects. We source items for our clients, as part of projects and as a one-off, so we are always on the lookout for interesting pieces as well as spotting the latest trends. This month Christie’s Interiors sale impressed once again, here are some of our favourite items from the sale …

Take a look at this charming French three-piece salon suite from the late 19th Century. The small sofa and two armchairs are made from French giltwood in a classic Louis XVI style. They have been designed with a Louis XVI style tapestry which depicts sweet scenes of children and animals. Their subtle colouring could blend beautifully in a sitting room with a muted colour palette.

Also on sale were a group of three Chinese Thangkas which particularly intrigued us. Thangkas are Tibetan Buddhist paintings either on cotton or silk appliqué which most commonly depicts a Buddhist scene, deity or madala. This group of Thangkas come from 19th and 20th Century China and the first thangka depicts an Avalokitesvara mandala, the second depicts a Mahottara Heruka mandala and the third represents Jambhala on a lion. Thangkas are traditionally hung on a wall and with a piece as elaborate and stunning as this, this could form the inspiration for your interior or room’s colour palette.

This Famille verte bottle vase from 19th Century China also caught our eye. Its exterior is beautifully decorated with continuous floral motifs separated at the shoulder by impressive emblems. The base has been painted with an apocryphal Kangxi mark. Decorative pieces like this can add a real character and eclecticism to your interior.

This pair of parcel-gilt tripod tables really stood out for their sense of elegance. Made from rosewood, their tops have been decorated with gilt and ebonised palmettes on a spiral turned base. The bases are Regency from c. 1800 while the tops are a later addition. 

We also loved these charming brass and glass wall appliqués. Made in the 1930s, they were most likely designed by Bagues in Paris. Bagues set up his business as a creator of art lighting in France in 1840 and became known internationally once he began incorporating bronze lighting. Bagues' recognition rapidly rose with the use of electricity by the end of the 19th Century and set them out as one of the most popular lighting companies in the world. These wall appliqués have mirror backs which support a pair of scrolled candle branches hung with clear glass beads. They also feature fruit decoration with green glass foliage.

Christie's Interiors August 2015 // Part II

Did you see our recent blog post about the stunning works of art on auction at this month’s Interiors Sale at Christie’s – you can read it by clicking here.

Christie’s South Kensington is celebrating its 40th year with some brilliant talks and events, we recently attended a talk on The Art of Interior and had the chance to preview the Interiors sale.

As you’ll see from our post about the incredible works of art on sale, we were struck by the work of Polish painted Zdzislaw Ruszkowski and the chalk drawings by John Golding. The highlight of the Interiors sale was however the exquisite pieces of furniture on display. We source pieces of antique furniture for clients so we are always looking out for pieces that stand out and could work in a variety of both classic and contemporary homes.

Here are some of our favourite pieces from this month's Interiors sale ...

We were instantly drawn to this Swedish parcel-gilt and bronzed sofa. We liked its classic Gustavian style, a style marked by its subtle colours, clean simple designs and handpainted technique. The classic Gustavian design gives it a sense of simplicity and together with its white linen seat and beautifully lotus-carved legs has an overall elegance. This sofa appealed to us for its versatility, it could look beautiful and elegant in both a traditional or contemporary interior and add a classic touch.

Estimate: £1,200-1,800

Price Realised: £3,250

We also loved this set of English iron garden benches, pair of chairs and a table. They have been designed in a Gothic style with charming details. Their pale colour and the delicate sizing of the iron material gives them a feminine and graceful look. These would work perfectly in either a large or modest English garden, providing an elegant place to sit without dominating the space.

Estimate: £800-1,200

Price Realised: £4,750

Although this set of English Coronation chair might seem extravagant for their history, having a few historic and unique pieces in your home can add a real sense of charm and provide a great story! This set comprises two George VI chairs, a George VI stool, two Elizabeth II chairs and an Elizabeth II stool. They are all stamped with the Coronation crown and their makers details, dated 1932 and 1953.

Estimate: £800-1,200

Price Realised: £2,750

This gorgeous George III painted side table is decorated with bell-flowers, paterae and a border of palette and running scroll. It features small cupboards with transfer-printed oval vignettes. Its pastel tones, delicate details and graceful tapered legs give it a sense of chic elegance. It could fit perfectly into a classic interior or add a graceful charm to a contemporary room. At Devas Designs we enjoy blending classic and traditional styles with contemporary interiors.

Estimate: £1,000-1,500

Price Realised: £2,375

Christie's Interiors August 2015

Christie’s South Kensington is celebrating its 40th year with some fantastic talks and events. This week we attended a the Christie’s Interiors August auction and a talk on The Art of Interior Design with some great speakers including James McWhirter and Sarah Morris of McWhirter Morris. The talk covered how to decorate small spaces and decorating a room using both antique and modern furniture - James described redecorating a small flat in London cleverly using every inch of space and using a four-poster bed in the bedroom which made it incredibly inviting.

You might have noticed from our previous blog posts that we make sure to take advantage of London’s cultural events and networks since we also source art and antiques for clients, either as part of a project or as a one-off. We visit as many art, antiques and designs fairs as we can and are always on the lookout for unique pieces. Here are some of our favourite pieces from Christie’s Interiors August auction – the auction is on August 18th so do pop along to take a look at what’s on sale.

Alongside items of furniture are a stunning selection of 20th and 21st Century paintings. The work of Polish painter Zdzislaw Ruszkowski (1907-1991) particularly caught our eye. During the 1930s Ruszowski moved to France where he discovered the work of Cezanne and was hugely inspired by his colouring and Post-Impressionistic approach. There is a beautiful and sensitive lyricism in Ruszowski’s work, aided by his playful yet harmonious colour schemes.

We were also intrigued by these coloured chalk drawings by John Golding. The colour scheme, with subtle hints and richer tones could provide the perfect inspiration for an interior’s colour scheme. This is a great example of how one piece, like a work of art, can really influence and dictate your interior design choices.


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

The English Collector at Christie's

This week Christie's held an auction of English furniture, works of art and clocks, we loved some of the pieces up for sale so here’s a selection that really caught our eye.

These George III mahogany hall chairs (c.1780-1820) have elegant fan-shaped backs. Their design follows the favoured ‘Roman’ fashion that became popular from around the late 1770s. This particular design seems to have been popular up until the 1820s, as Christie’s have had multiple variations in their auctions of the same design. Once at the height of fashion, the elegance of these chairs now has a timeless sense of style which would beautifully contribute to an interior.

Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000

Price Realised: £12,500

These charming mahogany serpentine commodes (c. 1765-70), sold as a pair, are attributed to George III’s court cabinet-maker John Cobb. Their elegant French antique design was popular during the 1760s and 70s, their bombe form and serpentine outlines is characteristic of Cobb’s design. They are, however, uncharacteristically unadorned. It is this simplicity and classic shape that makes them so appealing for a modern but classic interior.

Estimate: £15,000 - 25,000

There were several truly dazzling pieces at the auction. This neo-classical Italian tabletop from the early 19th Century incorporates semi-precious and hard stones. Its Ormulu border adds a further touch of luxury and rich colour. The arrangement of offset squares is unusual and unique and really would become a strong centerpiece to any room.

Estimate: £8,000 - 12,000

Price Realised: £18,750

The last pieces that caught our eye were these parcel-gilt and rosewood tripod tables. At Devas Designs we always look out for antique pieces that not only contain a rich sense of history in their design, but that become timeless for their sense of elegance and refinement and these tables have an almost modern elegance. The square tops are decorated with gilt and ebonised palmettes and their baluster twisted stems are stunningly chic.

Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000