The Lanesborough London to auction off hotel contents


The Lanesborough hotel in London will sell its existing furnishings, artefacts and decorations, with more than 3000 lots at auction from December 9-13, 2013.

The contents will be exclusively available prior to the extensive renovation project which will see The Lanesborough closing its doors on December 20.

Led by Pro Auction, original and reproduction period furnishings, authentic artwork reflecting the grand era of the Regency period will go under the hammer at the hotel’s premises and webcast live over the internet.

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"There is a good collection of very high quality mahogany furniture, the items are of an exceptional standard," Pro Auction director Mark Flynn told Boutique Hotelier. 

Viewing are available to the public by appointment on the weekend of December 7-8 from 10am-4pm, and prior to the sale commencing each day at 10:30am.

In addition to the contents of the 93 guest rooms, including 43 suites, the auction will extend to areas of the hotel including private dining rooms, The Library Bar and Apsleys Restaurant.

The renovated Lanesborough will feature new designs by world-renowned interior designer, Alberto Pinto, to enhance all guest rooms and public areas and integrate the latest innovations while honouring the building’s architectural heritage.

The Lanesborough MD Geoffrey Gelardi says: “This marks an unprecedented renovation project for the hotel which brings with it the opportunity to purchase a piece of the hotel’s history at auction as we pave the way for a new chapter for The Lanesborough”.

Flynn added: “This really is going to be an exceptional event presenting a rare opportunity to acquire quality furnishings from one of the world’s leading hotels in the lead up to refurbishment. It is possible for bidders to buy the entire contents of the bedrooms with a range of options to attract a variety of buyers and scales of purchase.”

The auction takes place at The Lanesborough (Hyde Park Corner London, SW1X 7TA, United Kingdom) commencing at 10.30am. Online bidding will also be available via a live webcast.

Download a catalogue for The Lanesborough auction here

Pro Auction’s Flynn reveals reveals some of the auction highlights to Boutique Hotelier: 

1. A pair of George III style footman’s benches, a mahogany bench with press cane centre , with a sans eagle carved back rest, the carved apron over a carved hairy claw foot, sourced for the Lane borough by Sheraton Antiques, 870mm wide [The footmen are the butler’s understudy, charged with answering the door if the butler is not available, running messages, answer the drawing-room and parlour bells, and to accompany the carriage on outings , taking coats, waiting at table, fetching coal, laying fires, and performing heavier jobs around the house considered best undertaken by a man] Guide £700 – 800

2. Two Shimmel Empire Grand pianos finished in polished mahogany with matching stool . [ The Empire style (1804-1830), originating in Paris, took the world of the grand salons by storm and was closely linked to the personality cult surrounding Napoleon Bonaparte. Representation and decoration were the objectives of the style which was characterised by straight lines, austerity and solemnity, for example in furniture, art and fashion. Schimmel have recreated this style in their Empire grand pianos, but not in its most opulent form. The slender lines of marquetry and fine carvings emphasise the classic elegance of the Early Napoleonic era. This is an ornament for any room in which the grand piano can communicate the flair and atmosphere of a French salon.] Guide £3000 – 3500

3. A Bronze sculpture Figure of The Dying Gaul, after the antique, French second half 18th Century inscribed F. Barbedienne, on an integral oval base and plinth, dark brown patina with medium greenish brown high points 1420mm x 810mm – The Dying Gaul (in Italian: Galata Morente), better known as the Dying Galatian or the Dying Gladiator, is an ancient copy of a lost Hellenistic sculpture that is thought to have been executed in bronze, which was commissioned some time between 230 BC and 220 BC by Attalus I of Pergamon to celebrate his victory over the Galatians in Anatolia. [One of the first copies of the sculpture to be cast in bronze exists at Syon House London, In front of the steps leading to the anteroom, cast in Rome by Luigi Valodier and acquired bv the Duchess of Northumberland in 1773) Guide £3500 – 4000

4. A mahogany Gothic style table from a design by Augustus Pugin and later manufactured by Morel and Seddon for the dining room at Windsor Castle, the arch above the columns is abounded by richly carved interlaced trefoils and roundels echoing the style of the medieval craftsmen, the bottom stretcher profusely carved with roundels and terminating in a central motif and the central apron with gilt mouldings 1980mm x 1000mm x 980mm [A. W. N. Pugin (1812-1852) was the designer most closely associated with the Gothic Revival in Britain. He used his knowledge of Medieval buildings, their decoration, fittings and furniture to produce an enormous range of designs. A furniture manufacturer, John Webb, who also made furniture for Pugin’s most important commission, the Palace of Westminster, in London, supplied it in 1852-1853.] Guide £3000 – 3500

5. Mahogany bar counter and back bar based on a sideboard design by Peter and Michael Angelo Nicholson 1826, bar counter being 250mm wide carved in relief with brass foot rest granite top with a height of 1150mm the counter in a U formation with two lengths of 3200mm and 1350mm respectively the back bar consisting of carpentry panelled unit with a recessed pair of cupboard doors. Guide £5500 – 6000

6. A Regency rosewood writing table with leather inset top and the end supports with leaf carving and joined by a stretcher rail, on scroll feet 1410mm x 680mm x 700mm Guide £4500 – 5000

7. Oil on Canvas "The Great Daedala" by Simon Casson, "The Great Daedala", the artists title, refers to the festival held every 59 years in Boeotia, a region of ancient Greece. The festival celebrated the reconciliation of the gods Zeus and his wife Hera, after she had left him because of his frequent infidelities. They were reconciled after Zeus, pretending that he had found a new bride, lured Hera into ripping off her rival’s bridal veil only to discover that she was just a wooden statue. The festival was celebrated by a procession of fourteen wooden figures that were later burned in a sacrificial fire 5000mm x 2100mm Guide £40,000 – £45,000

8. Three Crystal column Chandeliers with bespoke bronze effect feature pendant shade, [These chandeliers are located in Apsleys restaurant Guide £5000 – 5500

9. Bespoke carpets throughout the hotel being , Classical European Savonnerie Manufactory inspired wool carpets with a re-arrangement of traditional motifs of the C18/C19th designs manufactured and supplied by Loomah and Craigie Stockwell Carpets. Guide ranges from a few hundred pounds to £5000 for the larger pieces eg. Westminster, St Georges etc.

10. Numerous pieces of mahogany furniture based on designs of Thomas King (b.1833), Robert Adam (1728-1792), Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), François-Honoré-Georges Desmalter (1770-1841) and Peter and Michael Angelo Nicholson (1765-1844), Guide ranges for £30 – £2000 dependent on piece, style and quality

11. Numerous painting works in oils, Georgian and Regency era principally portraits all gilt framed Guide £100 – £2000

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