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Duke’s to sell the Collection of the late William Gronow Davis MFH,

of King John's House, Tollard Royal

Duke's are delighted to be conducting the sale of the residual contents of King John's House, Tollard Royal on 14th April 2016.

William Gronow Davis was the lifelong partner of the late Michael Pitt-Rivers. He moved to King John’s House on the idyllic Rushmore Estate in 1961. William was an accomplished artist and he drew inspiration from the beautiful setting of King John’s House and his extensive travels with Michael. Travelling was, indeed, a passion and this they did in great style; Venice was a favourite and the Gritti Palace became something of a home from home.

When at Rushmore they loved to entertain and as dedicated epicureans an invitation to King John’s House was not one to be missed. Both William and Michael were great patrons of the arts and friends included Dame Elisabeth Frink, whose work is well represented in this collection.

They both had a great love of opera, sailing, whippets, field sports and country pursuits. Collecting art and objects to enhance the historic interiors of King John’s House was a shared passion. The rooms were filled with sumptuous fabrics, early tapestries, Asian Art and period furniture arranged with great panache and style.

Duke’s are honoured to be conducting this sale on behalf of the Executors of the Estate (lots 500-668).

 


 

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Asian Art

20th May 2016

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9th June 2016

This sales is on 9th and 10th June 2016.
 

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17th May 2016

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7th June 2016

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Previous Fine Art Sales

Paintings and Drawings, Furniture and Works of Art

14th April 2016

Auction to include the collection of the late William Gronow Davis MFH

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Coins, Militaria and Ephemera

10th March 2016

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Avenue Auction

26th April 2016

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5th April 2016

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Featured Lots

  • HELEN ALLINGHAM (1848-1926)

    HELEN ALLINGHAM (1848-1926) "In Gertrude Jekyll's Garden"

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  • ASCRIBED TO GIOVANNI BATTISTA SALVI DA SASSOFERRATO (1609-1685)

    ASCRIBED TO GIOVANNI BATTISTA SALVI DA SASSOFERRATO (1609-1685) "Madonna at Prayer"

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  • WILLIAM HENRY HAMILTON TROOD (1848-1899) Hound puppies at play while other animals look on

    WILLIAM HENRY HAMILTON TROOD (1848-1899) Hound puppies at play while other animals look on

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  • DAME ELISABETH FRINK (1930-1993)

    DAME ELISABETH FRINK (1930-1993) "Small Male Figure, 1986"

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  • A FLEMISH WALNUT FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN, probably circa 1500,

    A FLEMISH WALNUT FIGURE OF THE VIRGIN, probably circa 1500,

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  • A GOANESE MARQUETRY CABINET

    A GOANESE MARQUETRY CABINET

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UK

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