Hosted by Country & Town House Interiors Editor Carole Annett, ‘Embracing the Architectural in Modern Interiors’ is a panel event running alongside Dreweatts’ auction of the private collection of Sir William Whitfield, CBE, the remarkable pieces of which will inform and shape the talk. Panellists include Daniel Slowik of design firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler and architect Francis Terry.
The late Sir William was among the most eminent architects of his generation, whose approach to design combined contemporary trends with his great appreciation of historic architectural tradition, resulting in a fusion of styles executed with great skill. His notable works include Whitehall’s Richmond House (previously housing the Department of Health and Social Care), restoration of Christ Church, Spitalfields, the re-development of Paternoster Square and Tusmore Park, in Oxfordshire.
The auction is being celebrated by Dreweatts by way of a collaboration with leading design firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. Selected pieces from the collection will be presented in elegant room-sets at Dreweatts’ gallery on Pall Mall and their historic Donnington Priory Saleroom, where the decorative and more academic items can be viewed in harmony as part of a living interior. Daniel Slowik, Associate Director of Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler, said:
“This is an exciting project working with a collection which reflects the style of a true aesthete with a level of taste and connoisseurship that is a rarity.”
Sir William’s collection filled St Helen Hall, the grand house which the architect and his partner Andrew Lockwood saved from demolition and restored to its former glory. Carefully curated, the selection stemmed from the collectors’ extensive knowledge and love of the decorative arts, resulting in a spectacular array of unique items with fascinating provenance. Unmissable pieces include a 17th century French mythological tapestry, formerly at Eastnor Castle, a set of six George II style carved giltwood side chairs possibly originating from 10 Downing Street, a George II style marble topped commode from the Leverhulme collection, a portrait of a young man said to be Giovanni de Medici after Agnolo Bronzino, formerly housed at the Villa de Medici, and a set of eight carved wood panels by Anton Leone Bulletti.
“It is so rare for such well curated collections to come to the market. These works derive from established provenances, known artists and historic styles, which we hope will delight a new generation of collector.” – Joe Robinson, House Sales and Private Collections
The event is sponsored by Savills and wealth management firm JM Finn.
Design Panel Discussion 3 March 2020; Auction 10–11 March 2020
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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