We are delighted to have Nina Campbell as guest curator for a special collaboration celebrating the sale ‘Weston Hall and The Sitwells: A Family Legacy’.
Nina is one of the world's most respected and influential interior designers, renowned for her unparalleled design expertise, contagious wit and brilliant sense of style. Her designs appeal to both young and old and sit well in both contemporary and traditional interiors. 2021 marks Nina’s 50th anniversary and we are thrilled to congratulate her on this milestone.
For Dreweatts, Nina will be combining decorative items and highlights from Weston Hall with fabrics and furniture from her own interiors collection, creating specially curated room sets at Donnington Priory to reflect her unique design philosophy, alongside the many historic narratives of the Sitwell family’s fascinating private collection which spans 300 years. Nina’s rooms will be open to the public from 10-15 November.
During the highlights exhibition at Dreweatts London last month, Nina created a beautiful room set using a range of pieces from the auction, as well as items from her own collection, giving you some deign inspiration.
Here Nina takes you on a tour of the space and picks out some of her highlights!
"I love this carpet on the floor, because I think it gives all the richness of colour."
Lot 442: A large red ground Swedish Kelim | Est. £200-300 (+ fees)
"I was very excited to find this collection of blue and white. The wonderful thing about blue and white is that you can mix so much of it... I thought all of this was very welcoming in a big hall. You can arrange it all together, add bits and take them away."
Lot 12: A Chinese blue and white large oviform vase and cover, Wanli | Est. £3,000-5,000 (+ fees)
Lot 9: A pair of Chinese porcelain blue and white rouleau vases, Kangxi | Est. £4,000-6,000 (+ fees)
Lot 2: A selection of Dutch Delft, various dates 18th and 19th centuries | Est. £150-250 (+ fees)
"I think it is quite interesting in a small space, to hang rather big portraits and take over the whole wall space. I think hanging pictures is quite an interesting way of modernising an interior."
Lot 24: John Vanderbank (British 1694-1739), Portrait of Richard Jennens (1710-1777), Oil on canvas | Est. £4,000-6,000 (+ fees)
Lot 188: Circle of Godfrey Kneller (British 1646-1723), Portrait of Anne, Lady Blencowe, née Wallis, Oil on canvas | Est. £2,000-3,000 (+ fees)
“I love all these wonderful Tchelitchew’s… The Tchelitchews were mainly given to Dame Edith by Tchelitchew, and so it is a really interesting collection and rather, I think, slightly unexpected for Tchelitchew.”
Lot 359: Pavel Tchelitchew (Russian 1898-1957), Portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell, seated, Pen, brush and ink | Est. £2,000-3,000 (+ fees)
"I love this little cabinet; it is really useful. Some people think that this sort of furniture is no longer desirable… I totally disagree, I think it is absolutely wonderful. I think it gives every room a central point."
Lot 231: A William & Mary burr walnut cabinet on chest, circa 1695 | Est. £2,000-3,000 (+ fees)
"There is this wonderful set of chairs, which we have just popped this red seat on to bring out the coral red."
Lot 302: A set of six green and polychrome painted dining chairs, mid 18th century | Est. £800-1,200 (+ fees)
"A very good, useful mirror. I would put this in a country house bedroom. It has been painted white but could easily be gilded. It could be painted any colour actually."
Lot 35: A Victorian white painted wood and composition overmantel wall mirror, circa 1870 | Est. £400-600 (+ fees)
"I love this cornucopia of cuttings. I was so excited when I found that. It is so silly, but I think a lot of decoration needs to be a little silly, otherwise it gets too serious."
Lot 84: (Part lot) Ɵ Sitwelliana: A Scrap Album, 'Of Dame Edith Sitwell', 1920s-1960s; and A Wicker Basket of press cuttings, 1960s-1970s | Est. £100-150 (+ fees)
"A beautiful little desk which would go very well in the same room as that cabinet (Lot 231). A nice little cupboard in the bottom, to hide things away. A beautiful little piece of furniture and has come from a very good place."
Lot 379: A George II walnut kneehole desk, circa 1740 | Est. £600-1,000 (+ fees)
"A little Severini, ink and gouache here, full of violins and wine, and grapes, making it very cheerful."
Lot 311: λ Gino Severini (Italian 1883-1966), Still life with violin and wine, ink and gouache | Est. £6,000-8,000 (+ fees)
"I just think this is absolutely wonderful, and a lot of people will remember having a pedal car.”
Lot 435: A tri-ang green painted child's pedal car, by Lines Brothers Ltd. London | Est. £200-300 (+ fees)
Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 November | 10.30am GMT
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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