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    Thursday, September 8th, 2022
    SIR JOHN LAVERY, R.S.A., R.H.A., R.A. (1856-1941)
    Lady Gwendoline Spencer-Churchill in The Merchant of Venice. COURTESY CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2021. UPDATE: THIS MADE £44,100

    Paintings and furniture in the home of a husband and wife over a remarkable span of almost 125 years will come under the hammer at ‘Churchill to Eden: The Collection of The Earl and Countess of Avon’ at Christie’s in London on October 21. On offer is an eclectic collection – the property of Sir Robert Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, K.G., M.C., P.C. (1897–1977), the former British Conservative Party politician who served as Foreign Secretary (1935–1938; 1940– 1945 and 1951–1955) and Prime Minister of the UK (1955 – 1957) and his second wife, Clarissa Spencer-Churchill (1920–2021).

    The sale is an evocative journey into an almost vanished world of politics, society and inter-connections. It will include English furniture, Impressionist and Modern Art, Modern British Art, Antiquities, Chinese Works of Art, Islamic Works of Art, Books and Manuscripts and Silver, all collected by Lord and Lady Avon over many decades.  The couple met at a dinner party in 1947 and were married in 1952 in London, garnering international media attention. The reception was held at 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister and hosted by Winston Churchill. Eden eventually succeeded Churchill as Prime Minister in 1955. Upon retiring from the House of Commons and being elevated to the House of Lords, Eden was created Earl of Avon in 1961.


    Georges Braque, Verre et Huîtres, a gift from Anthony to Clarissa, Courtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2021. UPDATE: THIS MADE £378,000

    Away from his life of politics Eden had a passion for art from an early age, with a keen eye which helped to form this collection. Clarissa Eden counted friendships with Lucian Freud and Greta Garbo among others. Unsurprisingly for a British Prime Minister the collection is led by important Modern British Art; including two paintings by Winston Churchill given to Eden during his political career, three works by Sir John Lavery and works given to Lady Avon by her friends Cecil Beaton and David Jones. There is art by Picasso, Braque, Degas, Laurencin and Corot. The sale also features highlights from Lord Avon’s library including signed Churchill, Field Marshal Montgomery and de Gaulle editions, alongside signed works to Lady Avon from notable authors Evelyn Waugh, Noel Coward and Cecil Beaton.

    Many lots graced the Eden’s Green Drawing Room at 10 Downing Street and featured in archive issues of Country Life in 1961 and in Apollo in 1969 when Lord and Lady Avon were living at Fyfield Manor in Wiltshire where they resided until Lord Avon’s death in 1977. Clarissa lived to the age of 101 and died in 2021.


    Monday, March 22nd, 2021
    Lemons by Georges Braque (1882-1963). UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,200 AT HAMMER

    This etching with aquatint by Georges Braque dates to 1929 and is No. 3 from an edition of 50. It comes up at Whyte’s online sale of Irish and International Art this evening with an estimate of 2,000-3,000. The virtual auction of 153 lots features work by sculptors John Behan and Rowan Gillespie, paintings by Jack B. Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, Paul Henry, Patrick Scott, Camille Souter,  William Crozier, James Humbert Craig, Gladys Maccabe, Dan O’Neill and international artists Tracey Emin, Bob Dylan and Damien Hirst.


    Saturday, October 31st, 2020

    The world of auctions, local, national and international, has moved fairly seamlessly to an online model of auctions.   Art and antique fairs have a more particular problem, but as the pandemic progresses and large gatherings remain an impossibility new forms are emerging. With fabulous fairs in New York and Maastricht The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), the daddy of them all, is not something us average punters get to visit  every time. The good news is that the digital model is available in our own homes. The inaugural digital New York Fair runs from November 1-4 with a private preview day today. Each one of the almost 300 participating exhibitors from across the global community has been challenged to present a single masterpiece in their collection. The result is a selection of artworks in the top segment of the market in one place which offers all of us a chance to look and learn. Did you know, for instance, that in the last two years of his life the artist Georges Braque, became fascinated with the idea of designing jewellery? It gave him a chance to continue with art while experiencing ill health. Jewellers Didier Ltd. will highlight a Poseidon necklace designed by Braque in 1962-62. An Ancient Egyptian head of Min, God of fertility and harvest,  is at Axel Vervoordt.  Among the other rarities to be found is Gokei Monju, a Japanese temple sculpture of the bodhisattva of transcendent wisdom at Asian art specialists Sydney L. Moss. Guests who are moved to purchase will be afforded the option of interaction with exhibitors.  It is possible to pre-register online at

    Poseidon, a necklace in gold, platinum and diamonds by Georges Braque (1882-1963)


    Friday, June 29th, 2018

    MASTERPIECE got off to a flying start and will remain in full swing at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London until July 4.  Dealers reported early sales and an increase in footfall on preview days.  Masterpiece attracts 160 leading international exhibitors and is the world’s leading cross collecting fair with art, design, furniture and jewellery from antiquity to the present day.  Here is a small selection of what is on show:

    Georges Braque – L’Oiseau de Feu c1954 at Connaught Brown

    Lalique brooch at Veronique Bamps

    Grand Tour centre table at Butchoff Antiques

    Bust with portrait of an elderly man at Cahn International AG

    Alvar Aalto – Ceiling Lamp 1953 at Modernity

    Sue Williams – Peculiar – 1999 at Maruani Mercier