Thursday, November 29, 2007

All Features Great and Small

Monet, Marilyn, Hitchcock and Winston... anyone who was anyone. Or for that matter, anyone who just wanted to feel like someone, all stayed at the Savoy, one of London's most famous hotels. On the eve of a monumental - $200 million, plus - renovation project, Bonhams will auction off nearly every bit and bob to be found in the rooms, restaurants and corridors. Being the very last person to take a spin on Perino's dancefloor in situ at the famous Los Angeles restaurant, I adore this kind of sale. Practical, enchanting memorabilia.

A few of the highlights:

Lot No: 67†
The Thames Foyer
A five panel specimen wood marquetry screen made by David Linley, inlaid with architectural designs, the timbers including thuya, oak, burr oak, Maccaser ebony, maple, yew, sycamore and stained fruitwood, each panel 61cm wide x 213cm high
Estimate: £3,000 - 5,000

Lot No: 68†
The Thames Foyer
(Detail) A pair of large mid 20th century painted tole and ceramic twenty four light tent and bag chandeliers applied with green painted tole leaves and white painted ceramic wild roses
Estimate: £10,000 - 15,00

Lot No: 145†
Stairs outside River Room
A pair of Art Deco circular birch and satinwood wall mirrors
Diameter 121cm (2)
Estimate: £600 - 800

Lot No: 152†
Lancaster Room
A large oak parquet dancefloor consisting of hundred sections, each section 92cm wide x 92cm deep
Estimate: £400 - 600

Lot No: 240†
Room 209
A bronze model of a dog signed V. Cremia, on black marble oval base, 17cm high
Estimate: £300 - 400

Lot No: 245†
Room 209
A beech side chair in the Regency style
Estimate: £40 - 60

Lot No: 252†
210 The Royal Opera House Suite
A pair of gilt metal and glass Corinthian column form table lamp bases together with a lacquered brass table lamp base 53cm high (3)
Estimate: £200 - 300

Lot No: 1325†
3rd Floor Corridors Hotel Side
A walnut, burr walnut and ebony strung breakfront bookcase
the ogee moulded cornice above a fluted dentil frieze and open shelves, the lower section build as a radiator cover with gilt metal grilled panels; made by David Linley in 1996 235cm wide x 265cm high
Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000

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