Treasures from the private collection of the eminent architect Sir William Whitfield CBE have sold for over £1.5 million at a two-day sale by auctioneers Dreweatts. The collection of antiques and artworks from the late architect’s Palladian house in St Helen Auckland, County Durham, yielded and impressive 99% sell through rate for the Berkshire auctioneers.
The auction attracted competitive and enthusiastic bidding, with many key lots selling for triple their original estimates.
Some of the highlights from the sale included:
A Flemish historical tapestry, after Karel van Mander II, second quarter 17th century, depicting The Triumph of Mark Antony over the Parhians from the Mark Antony and Cleopatra cycle, which sold for £150,000.
A Fine George II carved mahogany, dressing commode, circa 1735, possibly by John Boson and Cornelius Martin or Benjamin Goodison, which sold for 75,000
An oil on slate by Follower of Alessandro Allori, titled Portrait of Francesco 1 de’Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, half length, sold for £50,000.
Four pairs of beautiful bronzed wood panels in the baroque style by Anton Leone Bulletti, dated 1864 sold for an impressive £66,875.
The sale was exclusively presented by renowned interior design firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. Associate Director, Daniel Slowik, was invited to present selected items from the sale in carefully designed room-sets, transforming Dreweatts’ Donnington Priory salerooms and London Gallery. Joe Robinson, Head of Sale at Dreweatts, commented,“The involvement of Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler has been magnificent and worked to inspire and inform the unconfident buyer. Some of the more decorative lots sold for more than 10 times their original estimates. Daniel certainly worked his magic to create exquisitely curated rooms characteristic of the level of taste and knowledge possessed by one of the UK’s leading interior decorating firms. ‘Can I move in?’ was the most typical response.”
George Bailey, Dreweatts Chairman, says “It is so rare for such a well curated collection to come to the market. These works derived from established provenances, known artists and historic styles, which delighted a new generation of collector. The collection offered both style and substance, and the market decided. We experienced record numbers of registrants and new bidders from around the globe.”
Jonathan Pratt, Dreweatts Managing Director, stated “Sales such as these bring an electric atmosphere to Donnington Priory and it is great to see how the public have responded to this collection. Traditional areas of the market such as ceramics are seeing a comeback as today’s buyers are opting for comfort and character – this sale proves it. We are delighted with the result.”