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The End of an Era – Luton Hoo’s final sale

04 February 2014Written by ATG Reporter

Cambridge auctioneers Cheffins have sold the residual contents of the Luton Hoo estate.

Many of the 119 lots included in a sale titled The End of An Era  were acquired when diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher, who bought Luton Hoo as his country residence in 1902, commissioned the Parisian decorator Georges Hoentschel to redesign the Robert Adam interiors in the Edwardian Belle Epoque style.

Today the property is a hotel and spa with much of the Wernher collection dispersed following a series of sales held in London between 1995 and 2000.

Leading Cheffins' sale on January 30 at a quadruple-estimate £40,000 was this muscular 3ft 5in (1.05m) wide George II mahogany centre table, c.1740, in the manner of William Kent.

The memorable design, with a deep recessed tray edge top and a lion mask carved frieze, was among the items pictured in an article titled The Private apartments of Luton Hoo and the Wernher Collections that appeared in Antique Collector dated June 1960.

The buyer's premium was 20%.

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