Sunday, April 11, 2010

Homage to the English Country House at Auction

Sotheby's has an auction April 15th called A Celebration of the English Country House with all the classics. I am reminded of one of the great decorators who re-created English Country House style for the 20th century. Nancy Lancaster created memorable rooms.

This is the iconic yellow room that epitomizes the Colefax and Fowler style. I love rooms with color and this yellow is beautiful. English houses are not afraid of color which offsets the many grey days outside.

This bedroom also ticks all the boxes. Note the cabinet on the left.

John Fowler was Nancy's partner, and here is another perfect yellow room decorated by him.

Sotheby's has all the classics that you would expect to see in any classic English Country house.

Any self respecting country house must have a chinoiserie cabinet.This one is a George I (circa 1725)  with an estimate of $120,000 - $180,000.

The perfect dining room and I love the mirror! It's a George II (circa 1760), and 'only' $6,000 - $8,000! 

And, of course the hall chair! All good English country houses must have them. Great place to put the mail when you come home.

These are two of a set of four and are George III (circa 1980). The estimate is $8,000 - $12,000.

The auction is full of beautiful pieces, and we can at least dream of owning some of them!

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