Treasures at auction: from The Cotswolds to The Kasbah

This October there’s the chance to pick up a treasure from Christie’s South Kensington when the famous auction house offers items from one of Britain’s highly respected interior

Cotswolds Manor House

This Autumn there’s the chance to pick up a treasure from two sales at Christie’s South Kensington. On 27 October, the famous auction house features property from one of Britain’s highly respected interior decorators – Robert Kime, alongside featuring property from a Cotswold Manor House. The two diverse yet complementary collections offer a vast array of wonderful works of art from colourful Ottoman textiles, carpets and carvings to Ming porcelain and ancient English oak furniture. Including over 400 lots, with estimates from £300 to £40,000, the sale provides collectors and aspiring interior decorators the opportunity to add to, or even start their own collection.

Robert Kim box

Robert Kime is one of Britain’s most esteemed interior decorators, with clients including HRH The Prince of Wales, John Taylor of Duran Duran and his wife Gela of fashion label Juicy Couture. His charming and diffident style has earned him a wide and enthusiastic following. Kime began trading in antiques whilst reading history at Oxford University and today his businesses encompass fabric production alongside his natural calling – interior decorating with hand-picked antiques. The sale will feature a wealth of Islamic and Eastern influenced furniture and works of art, porcelain, pictures, photographs, carpets and antique textiles. These are offered alongside a selection of Robert Kime’s own range of elegant furniture and lighting.

Christie's table

The second part of the sale comes from a charming manor in the Cotswold hills, which hid a trove of works of art ranging in date from the 17th to 20th centuries, lovingly collected by the present owners over the last 25 years. Juxtaposing antique and modern, property from this Cotswold Manor includes an oak refectory table originally from Leeds Castle, Kent, a 17th-century blue and white jar from the Ming dynasty through to an 18th century equestrian portrait of a Jockey traditionally identified as wearing the Duke of Devonshire’s colours.

Public viewings are from 23 to 26 October, and the Ecatalogue is available now at www.christies.com/calendar. Further information on Christie’s South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 at at www.christies.com.

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