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The Curious Collector Sale

5th March 2021.

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The Curious Collector Sale offers a remarkable diversity of fine art, antiques, design-led furnishings, taxidermy, curios, and collectables amassed by a Gentleman to furnish a private residence.

Assembled over a 15-year period, the Collection has been curated with an eclectic eye and a great sense of humour. Each piece was carefully sourced and displayed in themed rooms around the Collector’s home with a touch of theatricality.  

Traditional Georgian furniture and 18th century portraits sit alongside curiosities from the natural world, whilst ornate French 19th century furniture contrasts with contemporary French Modernist pieces from leading Parisian designers. Each room in the house was brought to life with unique, quirky decorative pieces ranging from antique maritime memorabilia to neon and vintage enamel advertising signs and anatomical models.

A unique collection, an extraordinary sale.

A Louis XVI Ormolu and Brass Mounted Tulipwood, Kingwood and Mahogany Hanging Wall Shelf from the late 18th Century is contrasted by a Cow Horn Day Bed by contemporary French designer Michel Haillard (estimate: £5,000-7,000), and a 19th Century canopied Porter’s Chair (estimate: £1,000-1,500). Decorative works of art bring colour and whimsy in the form of figural carvings such as a 4ft carved wooden advertising figure of a naval officer (estimate: £1,500-2,500) and a late 19th century white marble bust by Giovanni Focardi of Viscount Selby, formerly the in the collection of Lord Mowbray and Stourton and now adorned by the Curious Collector with top had and moustache (estimate: £700-1,000).

Amongst an array of 18th century portraits, 19th century genre paintings and landscapes are such highlights as ‘The Reflective Card Player’ by Stephen Lewin (fl. 1890-1910) which comes with provenance form Christie’s illustrious Cowdray Park Sale in 2011 (estimate: £2,000-3,000), and ‘Frolics in the hareem’ by Charles Antoine Alain Cazanave (1882-1957) (estimate: £800-1,200).  

The Curious Collector’s house was peppered with striking pieces of natural history and taxidermy, displayed with his trademark sense of fun. Notable lots include a Gharial Crocodile head mount, which was taken by Edward Keen circa 1900, a businessman working in India (estimate: £3,000-5,000), and a Cased Northern Pike, which was caught by Mr S.D Lawrence on the River Stour on 21st December 1947 (estimate: £600-800). A pair of fully inflated Porcupine Fish are on offer too at £80-120.

The Curious Collector Sale offers an extraordinary diversity of antiques, design, curiosities and decorative furnishings, and will surely intrigue those looking for something a little different to adorn their homes.

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