Exceptional Results For Lady Hamlyn's Collection At Bonhams

London – An exceptional 16th century southern Netherlandish mythological and allegorical tapestry was the top selling lot at the sale of Early Vernacular Furniture and Textiles from The Collection of Lady Hamlyn at Bonhams on Tuesday 21 September. Estimated at £100,000-150,000, the tapestry, which was probably woven between 1510-1520. sold for £275,250. The sale total was £982,278, with 80% sold by lot and 90% sold by value.

Bonhams Director of Private Collections, Charlie Thomas, said: "Lady Hamlyn's collection of early vernacular furniture and textiles offered a wonderful opportunity to acquire exquisite pieces of great craftsmanship collected by a true connoisseur. Collectors responded with enthusiasm and the spirited bidding producing some exceptional results."
Other highlights include:

A fine pair of 18th century north Italian terracotta lions. They are similar in style to the famous Medici lions, purchased by Ferdinando I de' Medici in 1576 most noticeably around the faces and the manes. Sold for £262,750 (estimate: £20,000-30,000).

A mid-16th century northern French or Flemish renaissance fragmentary marble figure of a classical maiden. In keeping with Renaissance convention, it is possible that the present fragmentary sculpture once represented one of three theological virtues (Faith, Hope and Charity) endorsed by the Church during the Middle Ages. The fragment recalls the work of the Flemish sculptor and architect Jacques Du Broeucq (c. 1500-1584). Sold for £37,750 (estimate: £8,000-12,000).

A massive pair of 'Howard Wimborne' sofas by Lenygon & Morant. Howard & Sons was established in 1820 by John Howard, and the family business became an iconic name in Victorian England. Their beautiful pieces are still recognised as leading examples of upholstered furniture. Sold for £37,500 (estimate: £8,000-12,000).

• A mid-18th century pair of fine Venetian giltwood and etched glass mirrors. Sold for £21,500 (estimate: £15,000-20,000).

The sale represented a lifetime's collection by Lady Hamlyn, whose passion for rare and unique vernacular furniture and textiles spans over 1,200 years. Each piece represents a tangible link to history from Gothic textiles and Renaissance sculpture to 17th century furniture made during the reign of Charles II. Lady Hamlyn pioneered the use of antique textiles to upholster furniture, a look now embraced by top decorators and interior designers on both sides of the Atlantic.
designers on both sides of the Atlantic.

22 September 2021

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