Selected Contents from Cherkley Court

sold On behalf of The Beaverbrook Foundation (CIO)

Donnington Priory -Selected contents from Cherkley Court, the former home of Lord Beaverbrook, will be sold on behalf of The Beaverbrook Foundation (CIO) by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions over four sales in February and March at Donnington Priory in Berkshire.

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The first part of the collection will be offered at the Interiors auction on February 24 and will comprise lots 300 to 372. Highlights include: an unusually large Regency giltwood convex wall mirror, circa 1815, 130cm diameter, £1,000-1,500 [Lot 300]; a model of a Bacchante by Auguste Puttemans, £800-1,200, [Lot 308]; a monumental French Napoleon III gilt-bronze and white marble figural mantel clock, Hemon A Paris, £2,000-3,000 [Lot 345]; and Les faisans by Bernard Lorjou (1908-1986), 1957, oil on canvas, £1,500-2,500 [Lot 368].

The remaining lots will be offered in the following sales: Jewellery, Silver & Watches auction on Wednesday 2nd March; Fine Jewellery, Silver & Watches sale on Wednesday 16th March; Fine Furniture, Ceramics & Works of Art auction on Wednesday 30th March.

Cherkley Court is a late Victorian mansion, set amongst prime parkland in Leatherhead, Surrey. It was originally built in 1866 and rebuilt in the French Chateau style in 1893 following a fire. In 1911 it was bought by Lord Beaverbrook, the owner of The Express Newspaper group, Minister for Information in the First World War, Minister of Aircraft in the Second World War, powerbroker and kingmaker.

Beaverbrook's power and influence ensured that Cherkley was a hub of activity with the good and the great of the time. Visitors included notable politicians, writers and musicians including Winston Churchill, Bonar Law, Lloyd George, Chamberlain, HG Wells, Joe Kennedy, Rudyard Kipling and Ian Fleming.

The Beaverbrook Foundation undertook a total refurbishment programme of the property ensuring that the house was opened to the public for a number of years at the end of the 2000s. The Foundation sold Cherkley to enable it to focus on its core purpose of making charitable grants.

Tues 23rd & Wed 24th February | Interiors (view catalogue online)
Wed 2nd March | Jewellery, Silver & Watches (view catalogue online)
Wed 16th March | Fine Jewellery, Silver & Watches
Wed 30th March | Fine Furniture, Ceramics & Works of Art
Donnington Priory, Oxford Road, Donnington, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2JE



Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions is the trading name of The Fine Art Auction Group, and is a UK 'top' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. It covers all aspects of fine art and antiques, with market leading specialists in Traditional Furniture, Clocks and Paintings, Contemporary Art and Design, Modern Prints, Books and Works on Paper, Fine Jewellery and Objects of Vertu, Asian Art and Fine Wine.

Mallett Antiques, a subsidiary of The Fine Art Auction Group, is one of the oldest established antique dealers in the world, celebrating its 150 year anniversary in 2015. It specialises in the finest pieces of furniture and works of art, including pictures, clocks and other high quality objets d'art, primarily from the 18th century and Regency periods.

The business operates from two flagship showrooms, the magnificent Ely House on London's Dover Street and 929 Madison Ave (at 74th) in New York. It also boasts the picturesque country house Donnington Priory as it's Berkshire salerooms for more traditional auctions and a secondary London saleroom on Maddox Street that specialises in Books and Works on Paper.

London - 1st February 2016