The Collector: A Collaboration with Christie’s – Part 2


This week we have interviewed Jenny Simpson, Mona’s daughter, who is director of design at Chelsea Textiles. We think that Jenny is one of the top colourists in the country. Her talent lies within her subtle use of colour and texture...

Last week, we revealed the first instalment of the moodboards we have created for Christie’s exciting upcoming auction, The Collector, which will include a collection of European and English 18th and 19th Century furniture, works of art, ceramics, silver and gold boxes.

As ‘Tastemaker’ I was invited to select my favourite items and imagine how we would use them in our interiors. Read on to discover Part 2, featuring more of the beautiful lots we have selected, reimagined in our own interiors.

Lot 143: William and Mary Olive Oyster veneered chest of drawers (1690) and Lot 292 French ‘Chinoiserie’ gilt and patinated-bronze and cloisonné enamel eight light chandelier (c 1880)

This exquisite chest of drawers is made for a beautiful bedroom or dressing room. We love to see the chest of drawers beside the 17th century inspired embroideries and hand blocked linens in this bedroom. They pair beautifully with Lot 292, an intricate chandelier with blue enamel details.

Lot 151: Needlepoint Part silk pontremoli carpet (c 1930)

This carpet enhances a Drawing Room with its beauty and delicacy of colour. Almost too beautiful to put on the floor, we would consider hanging it on a landing hallway to enjoy its beauty.

Lot 287: A pair of Meissen porcelain Parrots (late 19th century)

The detailing, scale and colouring are so vibrant and strong. These parrots look amazing in a very contemporary, clean setting; they steal the show.

To read more about these wonderful pieces and how we have re-imagined them in contemporary interiors, visit the digital Viewing Room on the Christie’s website HERE.

Lot 264: Massive Italian Travertine bench (late 19th century)

We show this bench in a secret London garden overlooking Soho’s rooftops at Ham Yard Hotel. It takes real ownership of the space; a memorable bench that stays in the mind.