An Interior by Victoria Press

Cheyne Walk – An Interior by Victoria Press, Christie’s, 8 King Street, London SW1, 18th November 2015

The Painted Staircase, attributed to Sir James Thornhill (1675-1734) CREDIT: CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2015

The Painted Staircase, attributed to Sir James Thornhill (1675-1734)
CREDIT: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2015

Next week’s sale at Christie’s takes us into the private world of Victoria Press (1927-2015).  Her former Georgian house dates from 1717 and has a staircase painted by Thornhill and Devoto.  It was a place she made uniquely her own with a very personal collection of furniture, paintings and porcelain.  Her training and work in the fashion industry of the late 40s and early 50s gave her a great eye for detail, scale, pattern and balance and as these pictures show she applied it with great aplomb to her own home.

The Entrance Hall CREDIT: CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2015

The Entrance Hall
CREDIT: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2015

Her interest in art, architecture and interiors when combined with her membership of both The Georgian Group and The Furniture History Society led her to make many interesting purchases particularly from notable English country house collections.  In her quest to create a perfect environment furniture was moved from to room or new additions purchased but without fuss or pretence right up to the end of her life.  It was a private world that she gladly shared with friends and one can totally understand why they fell under the spell she so deftly cast in this beautiful house. Estimates range from £500 to £250,000.

The Drawing Room CREDIT: CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2015

The Drawing Room
CREDIT: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2015

 

Viewing:

Saturday 14 November 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Sunday 15 November 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Monday 16 November 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Tuesday 17 November 9.00 am – 8.00 pm

The Morning Room CREDIT: CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2015

The Morning Room
CREDIT: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2015

 

The Exterior, Cheyne Walk CREDIT: CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2015

The Exterior, Cheyne Walk
CREDIT: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2015

 

The Dining Room CREDIT: CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2015

The Dining Room
CREDIT: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2015

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