Bonhams to Offer the Contents of the Glamorous Chelsea Home, Stanley House

London – an assembly of remarkable private collections are to be offered at Bonhams Knightsbridge on 14 December in the Collections, Including the Contents of Stanley House sale. The sale features outstanding furniture and works of art from Stanley House, an historic 17th-century Chelsea house which famously belonged to Sir William Hamilton, who oversaw the shipment of the Parthenon Sculptures for Lord Elgin as well as the recovery of those subsequently lost at sea. Hamilton is credited with constructing the dazzling drawing room in 1812 in which to showcase his casts of the Elgin Marbles. The grand, yet comfortable interiors were devised by legendry interior designer, Nicky Haslam, whose impeccable style resonates in each lot offered in the sale. When the present owners bought the property in the early 2000s, Nicky says that it was 'all falling apart' – but as he carefully assembled remarkable furniture and artworks, it was transformed into 'such a romantic house' – and embodied once again its historic glory.

Director of House Sales, Charlie Thomas, commented: "We're thrilled to offer the outstanding contents of this remarkable house, a collection of fine works sympathetically selected to decorate Chelsea's grandest home. Collectors are bound to be impressed by the exceptional nature of Haslam's interior and the breadth of lots included in the sale."

Leading lots from Stanley House include:

• A collection of seven matched painted plaster library busts depicting various male and female classical subjects. Estimate £3,000-5,000.
• A George II painted side table in the manner of William Kent. Estimate £3,000-5,000.
• An exceptionally large West Persian Fereghan carpet. Estimate £20,000-30,000.

Other highlights in the Collections sale include:

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, OM, RA (British, 1836-1912), Clotilde at the Tomb of her Grandchildren. Estimate £40,000-60,000.
John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908), The Vision of Ezekiel: The Valley of Dry Bones. Estimate £15,000-20,000.
• A Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted mahogany commode à vantaux by Gouffe A Paris, after the model by Joseph Stöckel and Guillaume Benneman, late 19th-century. Estimate £15,000-20,000.

10 November 2021


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