Christie’s has announced the sale of Country House Elegance: An Architectural Vision on November 21 in New York. Acquired from Mallett at Bourdon House, London, the 150 lots showcase a range of pieces from the 17th to 20th centuries, all from a single private collection of a homeowner who wishes to remain anonymous.
One of the most extraordinary aspects of collection is that the collector chose each and every one of the pieces before he had a house in which to place them. The entire country house was designed around each object, displaying the courage, confidence, and vision of the collector, who created a modern interpretation of the grandeur of the Gilded Age. Many of the objects have illustrious provenances from some of the great country houses, including Hamilton Palace, Syon House, Baronscourt, Northumberland House, and Eaton Hall.
A Massive Irish William IV Mahogany Breakfront Library Bookcase by Williams And Gibton, Circa 1830 (Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000)
A George II White Statuary And Siena Marble Chimneypiece circa 1750-55, attributed To Benjamin And Thomas Carter (Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000)
An Isfahan Carpet from Central Persia, 17th Century (Estimate: $60,000 - $100,000)
The auction takes place at the Christie’s Rockefeller Galleries November 21 at 2pm, with viewings from November 18-21.
All images courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2011