Chiswick Auctions – Antiquities and Tribal Art Specialist Sale

On the 11th May Chiswick Auctions will play host to a sale of Antiquities and Tribal Art. The sale includes lots from the John Marriott (1921 – 2007) Collection, London.

John Marriott was the only son of Major-General Sir John Charles Oakes Marriott (1895-1978), a British Army officer during WWI and WWII and his wife Maud Emily Wolff Kahn (1897-1960), the daughter of Otto Hermann Kahn, American investment banker, collector, philanthropist and patron of the arts.

John Marriott was a painter and keen art collector, mainly focusing on Asian art, and he expanded the family collection with passion and attention to detail, together with his lifelong friend Count R. L. Sangorski (1940-2014). Lots 1 -7.

Eighty-five lots (51-135) are from the Horatio & Patsy Melas Collection, formed in Alexandria, Egypt, during the first half of the 20th Century.

Horatio Melas came from a family of Greek merchants who moved to Alexandria in 1904. There Horatio met his wife Patsy and got married in 1960. In 1967 the family left Egypt and the collection was moved to Switzerland until 1989, when their son Kyros Melas moved to London. Whilst working in the City as a Private Equities trader he continued to look after the collection, occasionally expanding it until the 1990s.

For more information, free valuations and entries for 2016 specialist auctions please contact: Claudio Corsi, Specialist – Antiquities and Tribal Art [email protected] 020 8992 4442.