On Tuesday 15 August, we are proud to be selling the collection of interior and garden designer Anouska Hempel. The sale encompasses furniture, paintings and other works from her former home, Shaw House in Wiltshire. The beautiful Grade II listed building in Wiltshire, which Hempel described as 'a happy place', showcased her unique theatrical flair for combining contemporary style with historical nuances, clever design and the epitome of luxury in its interiors. Ahead of the auction, we asked Anouska to pick out some of her favourite pieces.
L: Anouska Hempel | R: Shaw House - Photograph © Inigo
Anouska Hempel's Top Picks
Lot 10: A pair of ebonised wall mirrors, in Flemish 17th century style, late nineteenth century | Est. £1,500-2,500 (+ fees)
"Having a Dutch Heritage, I have always loved these mirrors and their design. They have travelled with me throughout my career, they can be seen in Blakes Amsterdam and truly are one of my signature styles."
Lot 159-175 | Trunks!
Lot 162: A monogrammed coated canvas hard travelling trunk, No. 78969
Louis Vuitton, 20th century | Est. £3,000-5,000 (+ fees)
"I am a Gypsy and a traveller at heart and I have never stopped exploring our wonderful world and its cultures. My trunk collection holds such a special place in my heart as they are full of memories of exploring and experiencing. This is my life advice; take in the beauty when you can and travel to find it."
Lot 28: An ebonised and pierced wood four fold screen, by Anouska Hempel | Est. £200-300 (+ fees)
"These are special, from the 1950s, Topsy Turvy and they cast the most beautiful circles of light on walls and floors. I have used these in all of my homes to create spaces within spaces and play with light and shadows."
Lot 40: A Regency style mahogany and ebonised centre table, by Anouska Hempel | Est. £2,000-3,000 (+ fees)
"This Brazilian mahogany table was built by an amazing craftsman, and friend, Paul Carter. It is hard to find things nowadays that truly do have the hand mark of a true craftsman. This piece is one of them."
Lot 56: Louis Icart (French 1888-1950), Can-Can (Holland, Catania & Isen 445), etching, drypoint and aquatint, 1933 | Est. £5,000-7,000 (+ fees)
"Funny and mad, frills and couture - this is my love of couture, beautiful enigmatic pictures of dancers, ruffled skirts, pleated jackets. True beauty."
Lot 80: A pair of mahogany pedestal cabinets and a pair of urn shaped knife boxes, 19th century and later | Est. £1,500-2,500 (+ fees)
"Oh, now these are wonderful. Put all your carving knives in the urns, hide the roast chicken in the cabinets and you have yourself one brilliant dinner party."
Lot 128: Y Two Indian hardwood, mother of pearl and bone inlaid chest of drawers, by Anouska Hempel | Est. £1,000-1,500 (+ fees)
"Where it all started, Blakes’s Corfu suite. I have used these throughout my life and design and will be taking them into the future."
Lot 152: George Spencer Watson (British 1869-1934), Portraits of a boy and a girl, both standing, full-length, in an interior, Oil on canvas | Est. £8,000-12,000 (+ fees)
"These two portraits have been with me for years, the innocence in their faces, and the strength of their poses. I just love them…. there is not much more to say than that."
Lot 52: Two ebonised room screens, by Anouska Hempel | Est. £1,200-1,800 (+ fees)
"Its always, always been about the screens and these two are beauties. They are again one of my signature styles and these are a clever buy."
Lot 31: A Victorian mahogany breakfront bookcase, circa 1880 | Est. £600-800 (+ fees)
"This piece stood tall in Blakes. It was and still is a truly beautiful design - pile it high with plates and glassware."
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Tuesday 15 August, 10.30am BST
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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