New Year Interiors Sale

at Donnington Priory

London - Covering all styles and periods, the two day Interiors sale at Dreweatts has something to complement all homes this New Year. Day one can decorate your home with Paintings, Prints, Ceramics and Clocks, whilst day two offers furniture, rugs, works of art and even furniture to refresh your garden. The sale will be held at Donnington Priory in Newbury, Berkshire on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th January 2015.

Originally owned by Queen Victoria's youngest son, Leopold, a walnut commode will add an impressive regal feel to any Georgian home. The mother of the current owner was gifted the commode as a wedding present in 1950 by her aunt, Lady May Abel Smith and her uncle. Lady May Abel Smith is reputed to have inherited the piece from her mother Princess Alice of Athlone who in turn inherited it from her father Prince Leopold. The North Italian commode is in the style of pre-eminent cabinet maker Giuseppe Maggiolini and is estimated at £2,0007-3,000 [Lot 203].

Practical statement furniture like the 'ball' chair pulls the sale into a more contemporary direction. Created by the Finnish furniture designer Eero Aarnio in 1963, the 'ball' chair is one of the most iconic and innovative pieces of modernist furniture design [est. £500-700, [Lot 388a].

For those interested in restoration, a set of twelve dining chairs will offer the perfect project for the New Year. In George III style, the chairs are estimated at £1,500-2,000 [Lot 206].

Leading the works of art is a signed bronze model of a maiden by one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century, Ivan Meštrović (1883-1962) that is accompanied with a hand written letter from the sculptor that reads; 'Dear Sir, I have received your letter, and it gives me great pleasure to tell you that the little statue of miss, of which sent the photograph, was made in London, in 1916, and was a study of woman bending, that I never completed in big size…' (sic) [est. £2,000-3,000 Lot 508].

Further Highlights

William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931)
A Battleship Loading Ammunition
Oil on panel
Est. £3,000-5,000 [Lot 20]

Sawrey Gilpin (1733-1807)
Study of fallow deer
Black chalk, with grey wash
Est. £300-500 [Lot 47a]

After John Frederick Herring
Winning Horse of the Great St. Leger Stakes, Doncaster
Collection of 12 plates
Aquatint heightened with watercolour
Est. £3,000-5,000 [Lot 72]

A Continental giltwood overmantal mirror
Circa 1760
176cm high, 166cm wide
Est. £1,000-1,500 [Lot 200]

A mahogany triple pedestal dininng table in the Regency style,
Early 20th century
73cm high, 400cm extended, 117cm deep
Est. £2,000-3,000 [Lot 434]

A pair of Regency hall chairs
Circa 1815
For closely related chairs see Susan E. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, Antique Collectors Club, 2008, page 203
Est. £1,000-1,500 [Lot 491]

A set of upholstered plastic 'pEiffel' chairs, after a design by Eames,
Together with a circular dining table
76cm high, the top 125cm diameter
Est. £600-800 [Lot 388B]


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.

Donnington Priory - 19th December 2014