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
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%.