Uniquely Stylish Items from the Collections of

Christopher Hodsoll and Christopher Gibbs in Dreweatts' Interiors Sale

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Donnington Priory - A selection of rare and stylish items from the legendary collections of Christopher Hodsoll and Christopher Gibbs will open Dreweatts' two-day November Interiors sale. Highlights include an imposing taxidermy of a sleeping African lion, a pair of substantial and impressive late 19th century Spanish painted cast iron urns on plinths in the early Modernist style and a pair of George IV mahogany dressing mirrors originally purchased from Fasque House, family home of Sir John Gladstone, father of William Gladstone, Prime Minister to Queen Victoria. The sale will be held on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th November at Dreweatts' Donnington Priory saleroom in Berkshire.

After more than 30 years in the antiques trade, Christopher Hodsoll has unparalleled experience and unquestionable style. Having worked with the great Geoffrey Bennison and for all manner of clients including The Duke of Edinburgh, The Rothschild Dynasty and Mick Jagger, his reputation is truly formidable.

Christopher Gibbs, a decorator of equal standing, has also entered items from his collection into this sale. Gibbs has previously been considered 'London's most famous antiques dealer' and The New York Times has described him as a 'man of infinite taste, judgment and experience'.

Will Richards, Deputy Chairman at Dreweatts Commented; "By considering their depth of experience and range of clients, it is clear that Christopher Hodsoll and Christopher Gibbs, as true designers of our times, have an extraordinary ability to connect with people and the interiors of their homes. The contents of this sale alone demonstrates their eye for the minimal as well as the grand, and offers an opportunity to create a unique statement."

A pair of George II style carved pine console tables
20th century, each topped with variegated white marble above Vitruvian scroll frieze, lion and human mask swags all on carved legs terminating in acanthus scrolls and block feet.
Est. £6,000-8,000 [Lot 3]

An Anglo-Indian ebony sofa
second half 19th Century, with overall foliate scroll carved decoration and spindle back, set on turned supports and stretcher base.
Est. £2,000-3,000 [Lot 22]

A Dutch carved giltwood wall mirror
circa 1700 and later with a rectangular plate within a carved frame depicting fruiting vines, snakes and surmounted by a cherub riding an eagle.
Est. £800-1,200 [Lot 32]

A George II style giltwood console table
second half 20th Century, the inset crystaline green marble top sat on giltwood pediment with Vitruvian scroll and shell frieze, above eagle stand and acanthus decorated soccle base.
Est. £3,000-4,000 [Lot 80]

A Sienna marble centre table
late 20th Century, the base possibly of an earlier date.
Est. £2,000-3,000 [Lot 96]

A pair of George IV mahogany toilet mirrors
circa 1825 each with rectangular plate within a conforming plate flanked by turned and square section uprights on rectangular plinths 54cm high, 78cm wide, 28cm deep Provenance: Originally from Fasque House, family home of Sir John Gladstone, father of William Gladstone, Prime Minister to Queen Victoria. Purchased at Bonhams Edinburgh, 27 September 1997, Lot 90.
Est. £500-700 [Lot 129]

A pair of Italian simulated bronze and gilt metal mounted ebonised occasional tables
20th century, each with shaped tops above styalised eagle leg pattern supports terminating in claw and ball feet.
Est. £2,000-3,000 [Lot 160]

A French Daum glass and wrought iron table lamp
circa 1910, the wrought-iron frame embellished with openwork leaves and berries, the coloured glass shade engraved Daum Nancy with the Cross of Lorraine.
Est. £300-500 [Lot 163]

A pair of leather button back upholstered armchairs
20th Century, set on turned oak legs with brass caps and casters.
Est. £700-1,000 [Lot 194]

An Art Deco oak and partridge wood kidney desk
circa 1930, the shaped top with inset brown leather writing surface above four frieze drawers and two pedestals each with two drawers, the back with three shelves.
Est. £800-1,200 [Lot 210]

A pair of chromed metal egg shaped lamps
mid-20th Century, with pierced decoration 31cm high, the bases 21cm diameter, together with a similar cube lamp, 20th Century.
Est. £300-500 [Lot 222]

A pair of substantial stoneware columnar pedestals
early 20th century, with fluted sides and moulded bases.
Est. £2,000-3,000 [Lot 233]

A pair of substantial and impressive Spanish painted cast iron urns on plinths in the early Modernist style
late 19th century, each with twin scrolling handles rising above an egg-and-dart cast rim from stylised foliage at the shoulder, with scrollwork descending below to the waisted socle, on square section lobed bases, one inscribed for 'COMAS, BARCELONA', 114cm high, 138cm wide; on rectangular section painted iron plinths, height overall, 207cm The Comas Foundry was established in 1853 by Jaume Dora, in the Raval in Barcelona, on Carrer Tigre, 10. The foundry manufactured machines, metal castings and moulds, as well as works of art including the 60 meter high bronze Columbus Monument (1883-1888) which was completed just in time for the opening of the Universal Exhibition in 1888.
Est. £3,000-5,000 [Lot 234]

The two-day Interiors Sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Donnington Priory saleroom in Newbury at 10.00am on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th November 2014. The full catalogue is available to view and download at www.dreweatts.com.


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. 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.

London - 5th November 2014