1 Colville Road, London W3 8BL
About Auction HouseWe are an established London auction house who champions works of art from all eras and mediums. Located in the exclusive neighbourhoods of South Kensington and Chiswick, clients can access confidential and professional valuations in addition to viewing rare and beautiful works of art.
Auction Previews & News4 Results
- Auction Industry
The Delighted Eye II, Works from the Collection of Allen & Beryl Freer opens the door to a life full of inspiration, love and culture, it will inevitably bring true joy to any art lover. LONDON.-Chiswick Auctions in West London announced The Delighted Eye Part II sale on February 25, 2021. It follows a year after Christie’s part I auction, The Delighted Eye: Works from the Collection of Allen and Beryl Freer, which was a white glove sale, attracting widespread interest for these highly sought-after works. The part II sale is therefore set to draw interest from all corners of the globe on February 25, 2021. The sale celebrates Allen and Beryl Freer’s love of art, their keen eye for twentieth century British paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, furniture and books and the numerous friendships that sprung from the artists, makers, and publishers that they met, as they continually acquired new works for their extensive collection. The Freer’s passion for art filled their detached sixties home in a suburb south of Manchester, with treasures. The sale, a celebration of their collecting, comprises more than 250 artworks, over 50 pieces of ceramic and furniture and more than 200 books. Estimates range from £100 to £2,000 and many of the works are to be offered without a reserve. Commenting on the sale, specialist in charge of the sale, Krassi Kuneva, says: “The Delighted Eye Part II offers art lovers and collectors at all levels, the opportunity to acquire a work from an extraordinary collection, which so amply illustrates the quality and breadth of 20th century British art”. ALLEN FREER: COLLECTOR, WRITER, ARTIST & CRAFTSMAN Allen Freer’s aspiration to build a collection started early. He recalled: ‘I was eighteen before I went into a house with pictures...I was entranced not only with the books and pictures but with the total ambiance. Then and there I knew that when the war was over, I wanted a room like this one, with books and paintings and engravings and bits of old and new furniture keeping each other company.’ He succeeded, as his daughter Dr Catharine Davies reminisces:…
- Auction Preview
In 1995, when Princess Diana visited France for the Cézanne Art Exhibition at the Grand Palais, the First Lady of France gifted her the new Dior ‘Chouchou’ bag. Later, Diana ordered one in every available color. It was regularly seen with her and the company eventually changed the bag’s name to Lady Dior in her honor. Available in the upcoming sale, presented by Chiswick Auctions in collaboration with BrandCo Paris, three medium-sized Lady Dior handbags in bubblegum pink, fuchsia, and cream python will be available. The auction will also include handbags from Hermès, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. One of the highlighted lots is a Hermès Kelly bag. Introduced in 1892, the bag drew attention when Grace Kelly began carrying it regularly. Hermès named the bag after the actress in 1977. The available example features palladium tone hardware, a leather body, and a double zip pocket. A Chanel Première chain watch is also featured. Launched in 1987, the design was inspired by Paris’ Place Vendôme. The available watch has a black leather and gold plated strap. Explore the full listings for this event and register to bid online on Chiswick Auctions.
- Auction Preview
The ‘hundred boys' theme was very popular during the Qing and Ming dynasties. The 'hundred boys' refers to King Wen of the Zhou dynasty, who had 99 sons and adopted one more to have an even 100. Later, the theme was used to represent the desire for many sons to continue the family line. The upcoming Asian Art, Including Chinese Paintings auction, presented by Chiswick Auctions, features an Imperial Chinese hundred boys lantern vase. The piece shows images of children imitating adults, indicating the ambitions of the literati class for their sons to achieve high intellectual status and future success. Another key lot is a luduan incense burner. The luduan, or Chinese unicorn, is a mythical beast that can detect truth. It is usually placed in pairs at either side of the imperial throne to indicate the keen intelligence and excellent judgment of the emperor. The auction also features Japanese woodblock prints by Oju Yoshitoshiga. The vertical diptych depicts Kintaro riding on a giant carp in the water. Interested collectors can explore the full listings and register to bid online on Chiswick Auctions.
- Auction Result
Portrait of a Lady shown in the guise of Minerva by Joseph Vivien, sold privately for £17,000. LONDON.-Chiswick Auctions announced the private sale of a re-discovered art work by the great French master of pastels Joseph Vivien (Lyon 1657 – Bonn 1735). The work titled: Lady shown in the Guise of Minerva has been acquired by the Friends of The Sinebrychoff Museum in Helsinki, through Chiswick Auctions in London. It was purchased for £17,000. Commenting on this important sale, Laetitia Masson, Head of Old Master Paintings and Drawings at Chiswick Auctions, said: “I am thrilled that this rediscovered pastel portrait, which has undergone much research by ourselves and an external expert, has now found such a good home. It is one of the best examples of the mythological portrait genre that was in vogue in the early 18th century Europe and is one of the finest examples of Joseph Vivien's talent as a pastellist. When the work was brought in, its owner was unaware of who the revered artist was, however Laetitia immediately recognised the quality of the work, she says: “I knew by the delicate handling of the pastel medium that the work had been created by an important hand and someone who had mastered the technique. I immediately consulted the Art Historian and Pastel expert Neil Jeffares who, as I excited as I was, came over to inspect the piece in the flesh and fully attributed the work on the spot”. The work’s provenance can be traced back to possibly have been in the collection of Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. The seller of the portrait, a private collector, purchased the work very close to the Empress Eugenia’s home in near Farnborough hill, England, where she lived in exile until her death in 1920. The female sitter in the portrait sports an armoured breast plate, alluding to Minerva, the Roman goddess of Wisdom, War and Commerce. The oval-shaped work is typical of the format of miniatures popular at the time and suggests the level of intimacy that would have existed between the artist and his sitter. The pastel…