London Art Week starts in four days time

London Art Week, Mayfair and St James’s, London, 1st – 8th July 2016

MAURIZIO NOBILE Jacopo Amigoni (1682-1752) Jupiter and Callisto

MAURIZIO NOBILE
Jacopo Amigoni (1682-1752)
Jupiter and Callisto

This is a really special gallery-led festival of art dating from antiquity to the 20th century.  There is a combination of nearly fifty dealers and three major auction houses who are bringing a tempting mix of subjects ranging from Greek coins, arms and armour, stained glass, sculpture and fine art in all its disciplines.

Specialist exhibitions include:

Vanitas / Memento Mori and The Crucifixion by Paolo Uccello at Agnew’s

Art & Adornment: Treasures of Combat at Ariadne Galleries

Early European Sculpture at Arcadia Cerri Fine Art

ARCADIA CERRI Exhibition: Early European Sculpture Head of a man frowning Champagne, Reims Second third 13th century fossiliferous limestone 13 x 13 x 13 cm

ARCADIA CERRI
Exhibition: Early European Sculpture
Head of a man frowning
Champagne, Reims
Second third 13th century
fossiliferous limestone
13 x 13 x 13 cm

Inter-War Paris: Works on Paper at Aktis Gallery

AKTIS GALLERY Exhibition: Inter-War Paris: Works on Paper Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968) Tulips, 1920 Watercolour and ink on paper Signed and dated lower left Countersigned in Japanese lower left

AKTIS GALLERY
Exhibition: Inter-War Paris: Works on Paper
Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)
Tulips, 1920
Watercolour and ink on paper
Signed and dated lower left
Countersigned in Japanese lower left

European Master Drawings (1545-2015) at Didier Aaron Ltd.

Deities & Daily Life at Charles Ede

Gilded Light; 16th-century stained glass roundels from the collection of Sir Thomas Neave and other private collections at Sam Fogg

SAM FOGG Exhibition: Gilded Light: 16th Century Stained Glass Roundels from the collection of Sir Thomas Neave and other private collections Circle of Lambert Van Noort (c.1520-1571) Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a tree that must be felled

SAM FOGG
Exhibition: Gilded Light: 16th Century Stained Glass Roundels from the collection of Sir Thomas Neave and other private collections
Circle of Lambert Van Noort (c.1520-1571)
Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a tree that must be felled

Flint Marble Bronze from the Mediterranean and Beyond at Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd.

Dutch Flower Pieces 1607-1814 and Aspects of British Impressionism at Richard Green Fine Paintings

RICHARD GREEN GALLERY Exhibition: Aspects of British Impressionism Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) September Afternoon Oil on canvas Signed lower left: AJ. Munnings

RICHARD GREEN GALLERY
Exhibition: Aspects of British Impressionism
Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959)
September Afternoon
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left: AJ. Munnings

17th Century Still Life and Song Yu at Johnny Van Haeften Ltd.

Horses, Rulers, and Victory in the Art of Ancient Greek Coinage at Kallos Gallery

KALLOS GALLERY Exhibition: Horses, Rulers and Victory in the Art of Ancient Greek Coinage Gold Drachm of Syracuse (Sicily), c.317-310BC Minted under Agathocles (317-289BC)

KALLOS GALLERY
Exhibition: Horses, Rulers and Victory in the Art of Ancient Greek Coinage
Gold Drachm of Syracuse (Sicily), c.317-310BC
Minted under Agathocles (317-289BC)

Of Gods and Men at Daniel Katz Gallery

Antonio Joli (1700 – 1777): Views of Italy at Lampronti Gallery

Classicism Reimagined: Master Paintings and Sculpture 1700-1900 at Lullo•Pampoulides

LULLO∙PAMPOULIDES Exhibition: Classicism Reimagined: Master paintings & sculpture 1700-1900 Camille Claudel (1864 –1943) Torso of a Crouching Woman,1887 Bronze, 35 cm. high

LULLO∙PAMPOULIDES
Exhibition: Classicism Reimagined: Master paintings & sculpture 1700-1900
Camille Claudel (1864 –1943)
Torso of a Crouching Woman,1887
Bronze, 35 cm. high

Material X at M&L Fine Art

Traveller-artists in the Far East: Views in India, China and Indonesia at Martyn Gregory

Bronze Animal Sculptures by Rembrandt Bugatti at The Sladmore Gallery

Drawing Inspiration: Sketches and Sketchbook Pages from the 19th and 20th Century at Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

STEPHEN ONGPIN FINE ART Exhibition: Drawing Inspiration: Sketches and Sketchbooks from the 19th and 20th Centuries Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) A Standing Moroccan Man Watercolour and pencil

STEPHEN ONGPIN FINE ART
Exhibition: Drawing Inspiration: Sketches and Sketchbooks from the 19th and 20th Centuries
Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)
A Standing Moroccan Man
Watercolour and pencil

Antique Inspiration at Tomasso Brothers Fine Art

From Wax to Bronze – Themes and Materials in Sculpture at Trinity Fine Art Ltd.

TRINITY FINE ART Exhibition: From Wax to Bronze – Themes and Materials of Sculpture Attributed to the Master of the Unruly Children (16th century Florence) Bacchus Terracotta 95/8 x 111/4 x 8 ¼ in. (24.5 x28.5 x 21cm)

TRINITY FINE ART
Exhibition: From Wax to Bronze – Themes and Materials of Sculpture
Attributed to the Master of the Unruly Children (16th century Florence)
Bacchus
Terracotta
95/8 x 111/4 x 8 ¼ in. (24.5 x28.5 x 21cm)

Object in Focus: An Archaic Greek Bronze Griffin Protome at Rupert Wace Ancient Art

Cornelius Johnson: Painter to King and Country at The Weiss Gallery

THE WEISS GALLERY Exhibition: Cornelius Johnson Cornelius Johnson (1593 – 1661) Sir William Campion of Combwell (1585–1640) Oil on panel Indistinctly signed, centre right: ‘C.J….’

THE WEISS GALLERY
Exhibition: Cornelius Johnson
Cornelius Johnson (1593 – 1661)
Sir William Campion of Combwell (1585–1640)
Oil on panel
Indistinctly signed, centre right: ‘C.J….’

 

OPENING TIMES:

Galleries:

Preview -Thursday: 3pm to 8pm
Friday 1st July – Friday 8th July: 10am to 6pm
Weekends: 12 noon to 5pm

STOPPENBACH & DELESTRE Henry Moret (1856-1913) La baie de Lampaul, Île de Ouessant Oil on canvas

STOPPENBACH & DELESTRE
Henry Moret (1856-1913)
La baie de Lampaul, Île de Ouessant
Oil on canvas

Auction houses:

Friday 1st July – Friday 8th July: 9am to 5pm
Saturday 2nd July: 12 noon to 5pm
Sunday 3rd July: 11 noon to 5pm

 

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Three Mayfair Galleries

 

Tilson: The Stones of Venice, Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, London W1, until 2nd April 2016

Joe Tilson, The Stones of Venice La Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venessia, 2014, acrylic on canvas on wood relief, 50 x 75 cm, © Joe Tilson, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London

Joe Tilson, The Stones of Venice La Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venessia, 2014,
acrylic on canvas on wood relief, 50 x 75 cm,
© Joe Tilson, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London

This artist had his first exhibition at the gallery in 1962 and this is his seventh solo show there and is inspired by Ruskin’s eponymous book The Stones of Venice. Many of the paintings combine buildings and flooring patterns, sometimes with words too, to create a colourful whole. Joe Tilson’s thick application of acrylic evokes the decaying fabric of many Venetian buildings.

http://www.marlboroughfineart.com

 

 

Martyn BrewsterAn exhibition of recent paintings and drawings, Waterhouse & Dodd, 47 Albemarle Street, London W1, until 24thMarch 2016

To the sea Acrylic & collage on canvas 47 x 47 in / 120 x 120 cm Signed, titled & dated on reverse

To the sea
Acrylic & collage on canvas
47 x 47 in / 120 x 120 cm
Signed, titled & dated on reverse

Whilst continuing his coastal light theme in this exhibition those more familiar with his work will see that his combination of abstraction with the landscape has evolved stylistically.

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Between the Eyes, Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery, 31 St George Street, London W1, until 24th March 2016

Bruce Nauman, Double Poke in the Eye II, 1985, Courtesy of Sotheby's

Bruce Nauman,
Double Poke in the Eye II, 1985,
Courtesy of Sotheby’s

This show traces the development of Minimalist and Conceptual Art from the 60s onwards with an emphasis on those works that interact between the brain and the eye. The artists featured include John Baldessari, Alighiero Boetti, Dan Flavin, Wade Guyton, Damien Hirst, Donald Judd, Joseph Kosuth, Yayoi Kusama, Sol Lewitt, Robert Mangold, Francois Morellet, Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Rudolf Stingel and James Turrel.

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A Mistress’s Taste

I thought that I would share these wonderful fusions of eastern and western decorative arts that almost certainly belonged to Madame de Pompadour who was Louis XV’s mistress and which will be auctioned next week

 

Treasures Sale Sotheby’s London, 8 July 2015  A pair of gilt-bronze-mounted Chinese export porcelain cockerel candelabra, the porcelain Qianlong (1736-1795), the mounts Louis XV, with the crown c poinçon, circa 1745-49, attributed to Jacques Caffiéri  (1678-1755), almost certainly acquired by Madame de Pompadour from Lazare–Duvaux on 4th August 1755 for l’Hôtel d’Évreux in Paris each 63cm. high; 2ft. 1in Estimate: £500,000 — 1,000,000

Treasures Sale
Sotheby’s London, 8 July 2015
A pair of gilt-bronze-mounted Chinese export porcelain cockerel candelabra, the porcelain Qianlong (1736-1795), the mounts Louis XV, with the crown c poinçon, circa 1745-49, attributed to Jacques Caffiéri (1678-1755), almost certainly acquired by Madame de Pompadour from Lazare–Duvaux on 4th August 1755 for l’Hôtel d’Évreux in Paris
each 63cm. high; 2ft. 1in
Estimate: £500,000 — 1,000,000

 

The Exceptional Sale - 2015  Christie's London, King Street, Jul 09, 2015 Lot Number 0129  PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION (lots 118-131) A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU AND GILT-COPPER-MOUNTED CHINESE BLANC DE CHINE THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA CIRCA 1750, THE PORCELAIN EARLY 18TH CENTURY Each with a figure of a stork wearing a stylised necklace, standing before a tree trunk on a naturalistic base, mounted with twisting grape vine branches entwined around the trunk and terminating in foliate drip pans and nozzles, on a rocaille and foliate decorated base, restorations to the storks legs and the tree stumps 17 ¼ in. (44 cm.) high Estimate 300,000 - 500,000 British pounds  Provenance Possibly supplied by the marchand-mercier, Lazare Duvaux, on 14 February 1752 to Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour (1764) and possibly the pair listed in the 1764 inventory following her death as no. 2312. Possibly, M. l’Abbe Le Blanc, Historiographe des Batiments du Roi, sold, 14 February 1781, lot 128 and acquired by Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun, or sold anonymously (actually the properties of La Reynière, Donjeu, the marquis de Chevigné), 10 February 1773, lot 66. In the collection of Madame and Colonel Balsan in 1936, photographed in the ‘salle à manger’ of their Parisian hôtel overlooking the Champ-de-Mars. Thence by descent to the end of the 1950's. Sold, Sotheby's, Monaco, 11 December 1999, lot 88, where acquired by the present owner. © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

The Exceptional Sale – 2015
Christie’s London, King Street, Jul 09, 2015
Lot Number 0129
PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION (lots 118-131)
A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU AND GILT-COPPER-MOUNTED CHINESE BLANC DE CHINE THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA
CIRCA 1750, THE PORCELAIN EARLY 18TH CENTURY
Each with a figure of a stork wearing a stylised necklace, standing before a tree trunk on a naturalistic base, mounted with twisting grape vine branches entwined around the trunk and terminating in foliate drip pans and nozzles, on a rocaille and foliate decorated base, restorations to the storks legs and the tree stumps
17 ¼ in. (44 cm.) high
Estimate 300,000 – 500,000 British pounds
Provenance Possibly supplied by the marchand-mercier, Lazare Duvaux, on 14 February 1752 to Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour (1764) and possibly the pair listed in the 1764 inventory following her death as no. 2312.
Possibly, M. l’Abbe Le Blanc, Historiographe des Batiments du Roi, sold, 14 February 1781, lot 128 and acquired by Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun, or sold anonymously (actually the properties of La Reynière, Donjeu, the marquis de Chevigné), 10 February 1773, lot 66.
In the collection of Madame and Colonel Balsan in 1936, photographed in the ‘salle à manger’ of their Parisian hôtel overlooking the Champ-de-Mars.
Thence by descent to the end of the 1950’s.
Sold, Sotheby’s, Monaco, 11 December 1999, lot 88, where acquired by the present owner.
© Christie’s Images Limited 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Duchess – Update

The Library, West Horsley Place

The Library, West Horsley Place

The Sotheby’s London auction of Property & Precious Objects from the Estate of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe had a pre-sale estimate of £1.6 – £2.3 million but after two days of keen bidding it realised a total of £3,701,654. When this is added to the amount raised by the Duchess’s jewels when auctioned earlier this month it comes to a grand total of £8,861,939. The total pre-sale estimate was £2.6 – £4 million.

Mary Crewe-Milnes before her marriage to the Duke of Roxburghe, age 19, wearing the Cartier diamond ring (Lot 662) which sold for  £167,000 (est. £8,000-12,000)

Mary Crewe-Milnes before her marriage to the Duke of Roxburghe, age 19, wearing the Cartier diamond ring which sold for £167,000 (est. £8,000-12,000)

The Duchess’s heir Bamber Gascoigne commented: “I’m delighted with the results of Sotheby’s sales results which exceeded expectations, both in London and Geneva. While it has been poignant to see the extraordinary array of my aunt’s possessions go, it has been heartening to see the enthusiasm with which they were received – both prior to the sale and played out in the sale room. Importantly we are now able to start the process of restoring West Horsley Place to secure its future.”

This silver-plated breakfast-in-bed tray sold for nearly 60 times over its pre-sale  high estimate ((£200-300) by to selling for £17,500. That’s auctions for you!

This silver-plated breakfast-in-bed tray sold for nearly 60 times over its pre-sale
high estimate (£200-300) by selling for £17,500. That’s auctions for you!

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The Duchess – II

The Duchess – Property & Precious Objects from the Estate of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1, 27th – 28th May 2015

Mary Crewe-Milnes before her marriage to the Duke of Roxburghe, age 19, wearing the Cartier diamond ring (Lot 662)

Mary Crewe-Milnes before her marriage to the Duke of Roxburghe, age 19, wearing the Cartier diamond ring (Lot 662)

In my previous blog I gave some of the story of Mary Roxburghe’s life and showed views of West Horsley Place. This wonderful, historic house has not been fully used for many decades and so now restoration is an urgent issue as Bamber Gascoigne explains: “West Horsley Place played an integral part in my aunt Mary Roxburghe’s fascinating life. It was completely unexpected by me that I would be heir to her estate. She had expressed that, given the work required to restore the house, she expected I would sell it. But having spent many memorable times with my aunt here, and knowing how special the house was to her and her family, together with my wife I decided to take up the challenge of carrying out the essential work to the house to ensure that it can withstand what may lie ahead over the course of its future, and continue to stand as a monument of its remarkable past.

Lot 224 GLYN PHILPOT, R.A. 1884-1937 PORTRAIT OF MARGARET (PEGGY) CREWE-MILNES, MARCHIONESS OF CREWE Signed and dated 1917 oil on canvas 120 by 79cm. 47 by 31in. Estimate : £10,000-15,000

Lot 224
GLYN PHILPOT, R.A.
1884-1937
PORTRAIT OF MARGARET (PEGGY) CREWE-MILNES, MARCHIONESS OF CREWE
Signed and dated 1917
oil on canvas
120 by 79cm. 47 by 31in.
Estimate : £10,000-15,000

“The history of West Horsley Place dates back as far as the 11th century, and the 16th century reconstruction of the house hosted notable guests including Henry the XVII. It also carries the legend of Sir Walter Raleigh’s embalmed head being buried in the garden from the time his wife and son lived there, and the house was also the depository for the famed papers of Sir Edward Nicholas, Secretary of State to Charles I, which are now largely among the Egerton manuscripts in the British Museum. With this and the other literary associations of the house in mind, my aunt left Trinity College Cambridge their choice of books from the three miles of book shelves to their library.”

Below is a small selection of some of the lots being auctioned. Sadly while none of them will be a “starter for ten” there will be many lots of an affordable nature.

Lot 466 A GEORGE V SILVER BISCUIT SERVER, H.H. PLANTE, LONDON, 1935 31cm., 12 1/8 in. wide 1648gr., 52oz. 19dwt. Estimate:  £500-700  This was a Wedding Present (24th October 1935), described as 'Biscuit Toaster', given by the Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, and the Earl of Harewood

Lot 466
A GEORGE V SILVER BISCUIT SERVER, H.H. PLANTE, LONDON, 1935
31cm., 12 1/8 in. wide
1648gr., 52oz. 19dwt.
Estimate: £500-700
This was a Wedding Present (24th October 1935), described as ‘Biscuit Toaster’, given by the Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, and the Earl of Harewood

 

Lot 51  AN AXMINSTER CARPET, ENGLAND  Approximately 800 by 432cm; 26ft 3in., 14ft 1in. circa 1765/80  Estimate:  £50,000-80,000 Formerly in the Red Drawing Room and then later the North Drawing Room at Crewe House, London

Lot 51
AN AXMINSTER CARPET, ENGLAND
Approximately 800 by 432cm; 26ft 3in., 14ft 1in.
circa 1765/80
Estimate: £50,000-80,000
Formerly in the Red Drawing Room and then later the North Drawing Room at Crewe House, London

 

Lot 349 A SET OF NINE GEORGE III BLUE AND WHITE PAINTED ARMCHAIRS, AND ONE SIDE CHAIRCIRCA 1775, IN THE MANNER OF MAYHEW & INCE Estimate: £15,000-25,000  Although thought to have been commissioned or purchased for Crewe Hall in the 18th century several of them appear in a 1934 drawing of the State Drawing Room at Crewe House, London.

Lot 349
A SET OF NINE GEORGE III BLUE AND WHITE PAINTED ARMCHAIRS, AND
ONE SIDE CHAIRCIRCA 1775, IN THE MANNER OF MAYHEW & INCE
Estimate: £15,000-25,000
Although thought to have been commissioned or purchased for Crewe Hall in the 18th century several of them appear in a 1934 drawing of the State Drawing Room at Crewe House, London.

 

Lot 662 DIAMOND RING, CARTIER, 1930S set with two pear-shaped diamonds weighing 2.31 and 2.34 carats respectively, further accented with two marquise-shaped diamonds, size L, signed Cartier London, case stamped Cartier Paris. ESTIMATE 8,000-12,000 GBP

Lot 662
DIAMOND RING, CARTIER, 1930S
set with two pear-shaped diamonds weighing 2.31 and 2.34 carats respectively, further
accented with two marquise-shaped diamonds, size L, signed Cartier London, case
stamped Cartier Paris.
ESTIMATE 8,000-12,000 GBP

 

Lot 519 A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM JAMES DE ROTHSCHILD A GOLD-MOUNTED LACQUE BURGAUTÉ VASE, MADE BY LAVABRE FOR CARTIER PARIS, 1926 12.8 cm., 5 in., high Estimate: £2,500-3,500  This was a Christmas present in 1926 from Baron James de Rothschild (1878-1957) of Waddesdon Manor.

Lot 519
A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM JAMES DE ROTHSCHILD
A GOLD-MOUNTED LACQUE BURGAUTÉ VASE, MADE BY LAVABRE FOR
CARTIER PARIS, 1926
12.8 cm., 5 in., high
Estimate: £2,500-3,500
This was a Christmas present in 1926 from Baron James de Rothschild (1878-1957) of Waddesdon Manor.

Frederic, Lord Leighton Study for Flaming June ESTIMATE 40,000 - 60,000 This the only known head study for one of the most famous 19th century pictures.  It used to hang in an ante-room to the Duchess's bedroom and was last publicly seen in an art magazine in 1895. It will be auctioned in London on 15th July, 2015

Frederic, Lord Leighton
Study for Flaming June
ESTIMATE 40,000 – 60,000
This the only known head study for one of the most famous 19th century pictures. It used to hang in an ante-room to the Duchess’s bedroom and was last publicly seen in an art magazine in 1895. It will be auctioned in London on 15th July, 2015

 

 

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The Duchess – I

The Duchess – Property & Precious Objects from the Estate of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1, 27th – 28th May 2015

A View of West Horsley Place

A View of West Horsley Place

This is a remarkable sale in that it reveals a way of life that has now vanished. The story is told through the seven hundred lots that make up this auction. Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe (1915-2014) was born into one of the great families; her father was Marquess of Crewe and her mother was Peggy Primrose, who was the daughter of the Earl of Rosebery, a British Prime Minister, and his heiress wife Hannah de Rothschild.

A View of the Drawing Room.   This elegant room had not been used for about fifty years and workmen were needed to prise open the shutters which had warped.

A View of the Drawing Room.
This elegant room had not been used for about fifty years and workmen were needed to prise open the shutters which had warped.

Mary Roxburghe, who was named for her godmother Queen Mary and whose husband George V was her godfather, was brought up in the glittering social world of her parents. Their London house was Crewe House in Curzon Street and they also had Crewe Hall in Cheshire. She became engaged to the Duke of Roxburghe at the age of 19, a fact celebrated by a ball at Crewe House and attended by the King and Queen at which the Crewe china and glass, featured in this sale, was used. The 1935 wedding was deemed worthy of being screened in cinemas across the land. The Duke and Duchess travelled extensively – some of the Duchess’s Cartier luggage is in the sale – and she spent part of World War II in the Middle East to be close to the Duke.

A View of the Morning Room, showing a table setting, the Axminster Carpet (Lot 51) and a male servant's livery.

A View of the Morning Room, showing a table setting, the Axminster Carpet (Lot 51) and a male servant’s livery.

However after the war one day as she was sitting at breakfast with the Duke the butler presented her, on a silver salver (naturally), with her divorce papers. After a rather fraught period a settlement was reached and Mary Roxburghe then divided her time between her apartment in London and her parents country home West Horsley Place. The Crewe’s had bought the house in the 1930s after disposing of their other properties following the death of their son and heir. The house contains a melange of items from these other houses, although larger family pictures had also been sold and so when Mary inherited the house in 1973 it became a repository for her things too.

The Duchess's Bedroom, with a silver-plated breakfast-in-bed tray by Asprey & Co Ltd (£200-£300) on the bed.

The Duchess’s Bedroom, with a silver-plated breakfast-in-bed tray by Asprey & Co Ltd (£200-£300) on the bed.

What a great selection there is; footmen’s livery, Coronation robes, paintings, furniture, silver, porcelain, jewellery and Objects of Vertu. All combine to be an integral part of a fascinating story that combines social and historical threads into a whole and tells the story of Mary Roxburghe’s life.

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In the following second blog I will include a comment from Bamber Gascoigne, the Duchess’s heir, who is selling these items to help secure the future of this house and show a small selection of items on offer.