Contents of artists studio in arts and crafts row in Hammersmith to sell at Bonhams

The selected contents of a stunning artist’s house on the famous Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, London, will be sold at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on 24 July 2007. The sale will offer potential bidders and enthusiasts of late 19th century art and architecture a rare opportunity to see how such a remarkable property has been furnished.

The house whose contents are to be sold is one of a picturesque terrace of studios along Talgarth Road, W14, that were designed in 1891 by Frederick Wheeler. Known collectively as ‘St Paul’s Studios’ and now Grade II listed, the terrace was “especially designed to suit the requirements of bachelor artists and with accommodation for a housekeeper on the lower floor.” The set was built at an original total cost of £8,100. In 2003, one of these studios, which was once the home of Dame Margot Fonteyn, was on the market for £1.1 million – 1,000 times the cost of its original construction.

The Talgarth Road properties are particularly distinctive thanks to the barrel-vaulted studio windows which extend from the first floor to the exposed roof structure, and their curved glazing – thus giving a great deal of valuable light directly into the studio. Many of the artists who lived and worked in these properties were followers of the Arts and Crafts and Pre-Raphaelite movements.

Bonhams’ sale features an extensive collection of furniture and works of art from the Talgarth Road property of a recently deceased artist, a great deal of which is in keeping with the style and period of the house. Each piece was hand-picked by the owner, and encompassed Memphis and Arts and Crafts furniture, sculpture, pottery, and prints. All of these charming pieces formed the backdrop to a modern-day working artist’s studio in an iconic space.

Roughly 150 lots from the house will be sold. Highlights include:
Bernard Sleigh Brunhilda’s Dream £6,000 – 8,000
Bernard Sleigh The Fall of Troy £4,000 – 6,000
A Gothic revival oak sofa table by Gillows of Lancaster £2,500 – 3,500
A Victorian Aesthetic period ebonised and polychrome decorated side cabinet £1,500 – 2,000
A Memphis painted metal Ashoka lamp, designed by Ettore Sottsass £700 – 1,000
A late 19th Century Liberty and Co. walnut ‘Thebes’ stool £400 – 600
A Le Corbusier leather and chrome chaise longue £300 – 400
William Walcott Ánthony in Egypt etching and aquatint £300 – 400
After Frederick Lord Leighton Captive Andromache photogravure £100 – 150
After Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones The Garden Court photogravure, £300 – 400
A pair of Moorcroft pottery mottled blue bottle vases £120 – 180
An Ashby Guild vase and cover of Meiping form £80 – 130
An Aesthetic period cast-iron and brass fireside fender and dire irons £100 – 150

The Contents of a Talgarth Road Artist’s House and Other Properties
Bonhams, Montpelier Street, London
24 July 2007

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