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On the Auction Block: An Iconic Interior Designer's Collection

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On January 22, Christie’s London will auction off items from the personal collection of the late iconic interior designer and tastemaker Michael Inchbald. With roughly 250 lots culled straight from the multi-award-winning designer’s celebrated Stanley House—the headquarters of his business and considered one of the grandest private homes in London—the sale offers an eclectic mix.

Highlights include significant antiquities (like a Roman torso of Hercules from the first and second centuries A.D.), clocks, furniture, Old Master paintings, sculpture and Chinese porcelain—some of which are returning to the market for the first time in 60 years. Styles range from medieval to Renaissance to Rococo to modern.

As both a traditionalist and an innovator, Inchbald (who died in early 2013) is remembered as a “man who appreciated both the aesthetic beauty of works of art and the best ways to display them,” says Amelia Walker, Christie’s associate director and specialist of private collections and country house sales. “He was a man of taste and collected remarkable examples of works of art across several fields.”

Well known for combining the old with the new, Inchbald and his visionary talents were tapped for projects like the Berkeley and the Savoy hotels and the first-class saloon on the QE2, as well as the private residences of British aristocrats. Now, thanks to the sale, you can get the same treatment straight from the designer’s home to yours. Auction items are on view January 16–21; 8 King St.; 44-20/7839-9060; christies.com.

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