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    Fine and decorative arts from the 16th to the 20th centuries will feature at Sotheby’s inaugural “Collections” auction in London on September 27.  The sale of English and Continental furniture, clocks, tapestries, rugs, silver, Chinese export porcelain, sculpture and Old Master Paintings will feature 306 lots. Estimates range from £500 to £100,000.

    Mario Tavella, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe and Henry House, Senior Director and Head of Department, English Furniture, commented: “We are delighted to present the first of our “Collections” auctions, which have been designed to offer our decorative arts and furniture clients a completely new perspective. Here, carefully curated in one auction, we have, in effect, discrete single owner sales, each offering historic, fresh to the market works, which should delight the decorator, connoisseur and collector alike.” The auction has a combined estimate of more than £1.7 million.  Here is a small selection. You can click on any image to enlarge it.  UPDATE:  THE AUCTION REALISED £1,984,752.

    An elegant pair of George III carved giltwood elbow chairs by England’s greatest cabinet maker, Thomas Chippendale, estimated to realise £20,000-£30,000. UPDATE: THESE MADE £73,250

    An allegorical Flemish tapestry from the series depicting the planets after woodcuts by the German artist Georg Pencz. Dating from the mid-sixteenth century the tapestry depicts the sun (Leo) ascending to the heavens in a chariot, and is estimated at £50,000-60,000.  UPDATE: THIS MADE £43,250.

    From Plumpton Place, the Lutyens manor house formerly owned by Tom Perkins, comes an eclectic offering reflecting the collecting passions of the legendary venture capitalist. “Neptun”, a solid silver, fully rigged model ship almost a metre high, dating from the early years of the twentieth century, is estimated at £15,000-20,000.  UPDATE: THIS MADE £32,450

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