A STAIRWAY TO INTERIORS HEAVEN
Egyptian Chairs belonging to Led Zeppelin's manager go under the
hammer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
'The forthcoming Interiors sale on Wednesday 23rd October take place in the picturesque setting of the Dreweatts Donnington Priory Saleroom and offers paintings, furniture and works of art for both the collector and the wider public.
Distinctive and iconic period furniture feature throughout the auction and these two fabulously crafted Egyptian Revival chairs; previously the property of Led Zeppelin's manager, Peter Grant (1935 - 1995) are sure to capture and intrigue viewers at the sale. The late 19th century/early 20thcentury pair, made from carved walnut and inlaid bone, are entwined with animalistic imagery. A vulture, known as a symbol of royalty in ancient Egyptian mythology, has been fused into the structural design of one of the chairs producing a majestic effect. The other larger winged back chair is centred with an Egyptian mask and features the same regal vulture imagery, with its outstretched wings designed to engulf the sitter. More animalistic motifs support the shaped legs of both chairs in the guise of hoofs and paw feet. This very individual pair holds an estimate of £4,000 - £6,000 [Lot 202].
Other striking highlights in the section include a 20th Century carved giltwood wall mirror; typical of the George III style it is lavishly decorated with extensive gilding, moulding and carving. The tapering cartouche shaped frame incorporates marginal plates contained within scrolling, acanthus and rocoaille carved elements. Watching over the 200cm high piece is a perching ho-ho bird, the creature, which derives from Japanese mythology and otherwise known as a Fenghuang, has similar connotations to the phoenix. Often appearing on mirrors of this style, the ho-ho bird is a symbol of virtue and good luck. Only time will tell if the ho-ho bird will bring good fortune to this outstanding piece, which carries a pre-sale estimate of £600 - £800 [Lot 100].
'Large pieces of striking furniture aren't the only exciting interiors on offer in the auction; from the Estate of the Late Dr Yvonne Hackenbroch, former curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a delicately painted tole peinte, parcel gilt and bronze mounted metal jardiniere. Made from sheets of tin plate the 19th century jardiniere has four herm projecting from each of the four canted angles and lion masks with ring handles on two sides of the beautifully decorated empire style body. This charming piece has a pre-sale estimate of £200 - £300
The auction will be held at Dreweatts Donnington Priory Saleroom in Newbury on Wednesday 23rd October 2013 at 10am and online bidding with no additional premium will be available. Viewing will take place on Saturday 19th, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd October 2013.
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Noble Investments (UK) PLC we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Apex Philatelics. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.
Dreweatts - 17th October 2013