Sotheby's sells sumptuous '$19,750' Art Deco furniture from the 'Lord of Hosts'



2015-06-26 12:32:14

Sotheby's sells sumptuous '$19,750' Art Deco furniture from the 'Lord of Hosts'

'I am riveted by lust, furniture and jewels,' said Sir Henry Channon - and so will collectors at this sale

Henry "Chips" Channon was a BritishConservativepolitician remembered as oneofthe most famous political and social diarists of the 20th Century, and his 25 feet long, mirrored dining table will be a highlight at a Sotheby's sale in London on September 20.

Also selling are three sets of double doors from his celebrated rococo dining room at 5 Belgrave Square. The spectacular table is estimated at 5,000-7,000, and the doors at 3,000-5,000 (totalling an equivalent of $19,750).

Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor,was among Sir Henry Channon'sdistinguished party guests

Channon often proclaimed himself the "Lord of Hosts" and, along with his wife Honor Guinness, backed up this claim with renowned flamboyance.

Their lavish parties regularly hosted leading politicians, European royalty and stars of the worlds of literature, stage and screen. Also among the noted guests was King Edward VIII, who attended with Wallis Simpson in June 1936

The table has a mirrored top which echoed its room's mirrored panelling. Sir Henry pushed this mesmerising spectacle further by commissioning Stephane Boudin of House of Jansen in Paris (who later decorated the White House for Jacqueline Kennedy) to help create 'London's loveliest room'.

"The house and dining room at 5 Belgrave Square have an important place in the history of 1930s taste," said Sotheby's UK Chairman, James Stourton, in a statement.

"The dining room was the centrepiece of "Chips" Channon's makeover of the house, which he and his wife acquired as a stage for their entertaining."

As Sir Henry recorded in his celebrated Diaries in 1935: "Monsieur Boudin of Jansen came to us this morning with his final drawings and estimates for our dining-room which is to imitate and, I hope, rival the Amalienburg.

 This 25 feet long, mirrored dining table could bring 5,000-7,000

"It will shimmer in blue and silver, and have an ochre and silver gallery leading to it. It will shock and stagger London. And it will cost us over 6,000."

Needless to say, the table and double doors could be worth significantly more on today's collectibles markets - especially when made available to bidders who, like Sir Henry himself, are "riveted by lust, furniture, glamour, society and jewels."

Watch this space for more news on the sale.

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