Dreweatts are delighted to be offering works from Alexander di Carcaci, James McWhirter and James Graham-Stewart in our forthcoming 'The Spirit of the English Country House' sale. These are three of the best and most experienced names in the business, all well known for their 'eye' and their integrity.
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"It is increasingly rare to get excited about an auction; all too often there's too much tat and not enough treasure. But a sale put together by some of the most interesting and sophisticated antiques dealers around is something to really look forward to. I, for one, can't wait..." - Rupert Thomas, Editior, The World of Interiors
The country house style is an accessible and sustainable stylistic vision of elegance and permanence that is a stalwart throughout ever-changing fashions. To capture its essence in your own home takes vision, bold thinking and a great deal of knowledge. It is something which evolves over many years and consists of items of beauty, subtlety and presence.
"Good decoration is like a successful dinner party - a fortuitous mix that is life-enhancing. Disparate things can bounce off each other - they work together because they have been subjected to an unconscious edit" - James McWhirter
Alexander di Carcaci, James McWhirter and James Graham-Stewart are renowned for their sophisticated and playful curation of furniture and objects, filling their galleries with 20th century design sitting effortlessly alongside 18th century furniture and works of art. Dreweatts are proud to have teamed up with eminent photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna who has captured the sale in a series of beautiful interior images, as well as leading interior decorators and aesthetes who have contributed their insights regarding the country house aesthetic.
"The wonderful thing about the English country house style is it's collected nature. A mix of disparate styles and dates which fuse together to create a recognisable vision whilst being entirely original" - Rita Konig, Interior Decorator
For over 30 years, James McWhirter has dealt in furniture and works of art from the 18th century to the present day. Three years ago, James joined forces with Alexander di Carcaci, who himself has been dealing in antiques since 1984, initially sourcing for interior decorators.. Alexander spent much of his early life in Rome and Sicily, thus adding an innate continental flavour to this successful collaboration. Their Langton Street gallery is an ever revolving carousel of quirky and historic objects.
"Our constant attraction to English decorating is always about the quirky and interesting mix. Every object in this sale is filled with a sense of history but also has the presence of a piece of sculpture." - Michael Smith, Interior Decorator
James Graham-Stewart has been dealing in antique furniture for more than twenty years, having previously worked for Christie’s. He specialises in pieces of historical significance and that are in original condition. His taste and style leans towards the unusual and tries to avoid what he calls ‘polite’ furniture. To James, provenance is key and we see this in the Aubusson carpet from Queen Anne’s bedroom at Warwick castle (lot 200) and the centre table from Hornby Castle (lot 331).
"Interesting objects, with good provenance - in this case chosen by some of my design heroes - can belong in any interior.It's all a question of personality." - Ben Pentreath, Architect and Interior Decorator
What this triumvirate makes available to us is more than a concept; they provide an appreciation of the qualities required to evoke the country house aesthetic whilst supplying the raw material needed to achieve it successfully.
"Some 'things' have the magic that can inject character into a room. This sale represents an exceptional eye for the unusual and the unexpected... brilliance for finding that missing ingredient." - Emily Todhunter, Interior Decorator
Wednesday 4 November | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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Thursday 29 October: 10am-5pm
Friday 30 October: 10am-5pm
Sunday 1 November: 10am-2pm
Monday 2 November: 10am-5pm
Tuesday 3 November: 10am-5pm
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