Thursday, July 01, 2010

Spencer house excitement

South Kensington, London UK

The potential thrill of the unexpected and the serendipitous defines the house contents sale. The Althorp Attic sale is to be held at Christie's on July 7-8 at South Kensington rooms with over 760 lots from the famous Northampton seat of the Spencer family.

Christie's have scored the house, attic, cellar and outhouses, the result is a house contents mix ranging from the typical family silver, brown furniture, curtains, decorative paintings, to more distinct Spencer associations, like the duplicate family portraits and horse drawn carriages.

Estimates for some of the more rarified pieces reach into the five-figure bracket, but there is much more that is affordably guided, including plenty of lots estimated at under £1,000. Christie's have managed to piece together interesting provenance for many individual lots, often aided by the inventory produced by Albert Edward John Spencer, the 7th or 'curator' Earl.

The sale includes a number of grand architectural mouldings. Some fragments which are guided at £1,500 - £2,500 are attributed to James Athenian Stuart.

Lot 1002: A George II mahogany, parcel-gilt and painted door, circa 1758-65, attributed to James Athenian Stuart, estimated at £2,000 - £3,000.


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