Robert Kime's at home

The late Robert Kime at his Provencal home ‘La Gonette’. Image: Tessa Traeger.


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Kime's (1946-2022) fascination with objects grew from his childhood and he began selling antiques while studying medieval history as an undergraduate at Oxford. His passion and broad knowledge encompassed Middle Eastern art, including textiles and antiquities, European antiquities and works of art and ceramics, as well as modern art.

Robert Kime's kitchen

The kitchen at Robert Kime’s Provencal home ‘La Gonette’. Image: Barney Hindle.

The three-day auction at Dreweatts, titled Robert Kime: The Personal Collection, which will take place on October 4-6 with more than 750 lots ranging in value from £30-100,000 and could total more than £1.5m.

The collection includes items from both his homes in London and Provence. 

Robert Kime's London home

The hallway in Robert Kime’s London home in Warwick Square. Image: Simon Upton.



Day one includes items from Kime’s Warwick Square home followed by his collection from his Provencal house known as ‘La Gonette’. The third day will contain a variety of the more decorative items from both locations. 

Will Richards, deputy chairman of Dreweatts, said: “Robert was a widely admired and greatly respected figure in the art and design world. He was foremost a collector, driven by an innate curiosity, combined with a deep academic knowledge.

"Robert loved to travel and his collection of treasured objects reflects a lifetime of looking, engaging and gathering – from classical antiquities to Chinese porcelain, from Indian textiles to Eric Ravilious. Each layered with a story or circumstance and together they paint a portrait of an inspirational man remembered with great affection across generations.”

Vanessa Bell picture

A still life of narcissi by Bloomsbury Group artist Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) which is estimated at £10,000-15,000.



A George II carved giltwood pier mirror estimated at £40,000-60,000.

English School portrait

An English School portrait of a man with pickaxe and a spade in a landscape. It is estimated at £10,000-15,000 at Dreweatts.

Robert Kime chair

A late 19th century red leather armchair by Howard & Son, regarded as ‘an old friend’ by Robert Kime. It is estimated at £3000-5000.


An iznik pottery jug estimated at £3000-5000.

Separately Robert Kime’s interior design business continues and is run from a shop in Ebury Street, London and a head office in Marlborough, Wiltshire by apppointment only.

Read more about the Robert Kime sale via Dreweatts.