A Townhouse off Grosvenor Square: The Collection of Dr Peter D. Sommer, Christie’s King Street, London, 4th December 2014.
The Berlin-born Dr Peter D. Sommer (1940-2013) was a successful financier and a lover of French and German Fine and Decorative Arts, particularly from the 18th century. However as the catalogue reveals he did not limit his collecting to those areas only as there is good English furniture, silver, jewellery, Impressionist pictures and some rather fine Hermès luggage too.
Frederick the Great’s patronage of the arts has been a great influence in Dr Sommer’s collecting, especially in pictures which feature many ‘fêtes galantes’ and mythological subjects. As well as an interesting group of four tables en chiffonnière by Bernard II van Risen Burgh – known as ‘BVRB’ – the master ébéniste of the French mid-18th century there are a pair of German chairs similar to those ordered by Frederick for his various palaces. It is a remarkable ensemble and achievement.
One special feature of this sale is that you can actually view it in situ (admission by catalogue only) at Dr Sommer’s home, 47 Upper Grosvenor Street, from 22 November to 3 December. Selected highlights will be on view at Christie’s King Street between 28 November to 3 December.