15th Mar, 2023 10:00

Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale

Lot 262


An export red lacquer and gilt cabinet

An export red lacquer and gilt cabinet,
19th century, Chinese, with a flattened domed top above a pair of doors, enclosing hanging rails, raised on stylised bracket feet, with all-over 'Hundred Boys' decoration,
108cm wide
54cm deep
174cm high

Provenance: The Late Sir John Craven, The Barn, Long Newnton, Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

Buying this cabinet at auction could save up to 0.46 tonnes of CO2e compared to buying a new wardrobe.

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The Collection of the Late Sir John Craven, The Barn, Long Newnton, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Sir John Craven of Long Newnton, Tetbury and Belgravia, London, was one of the City’s most influential dealmakers in the latter half of the 20th century, having had a central role in the self-reinvention of the Square Mile after the Big Bang of 1986.

For thirty-five years, Sir John took great pleasure in owning and developing both the Barn, Long Newnton, and Sutherland House in Eaton Square, which he decorated with his wife, Lady Ning Craven. The two took great enjoyment in adorning each property with a carefully chosen and seamless blend of antique and contemporary European and Asian pieces. As seen in their Long Newnton home, their design choices clearly extolled the virtues of vibrant hues and bold patterns, to juxtapose with the natural textures and earthy tones of the Barn’s Cotswold stone walls and timber beams.

Sold for £13,000

Condition Report

Appears to have originally had shelves within, now with rails. General knocks, wear, rubbing and loss to lacquer and gilt. Some fading and discolouration. Splits to both doors. No key. General wear to interior. Some knocks and wear to base. Some areas of lacquer a little unstable. Joints sound and solid. Appears in fair, pleasantly distressed condition. Ready for use.



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Auction: Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale, 15th Mar, 2023

The first Fine Interiors catalogue of the year is always particularly special for us, with the prospect of another twelve months of working with beautiful pieces of furniture and works of art, as well as having the opportunity to share our enthusiasm with the people behind the objects.

Included in this sale are nearly five hundred stylish lots representing the breadth of the decorative arts from the last five hundred years, as well as the appetite for incorporating them into a contemporary interior in order to create a welcoming environment. This notion is clearly exemplified in three private collections from town and country that we are privileged to be able to offer - those of the Late John Scott-Oldfield, Mrs Althea Lloyd and Sir John Craven. 

We are hugely excited to share this sale with you all and hope that you take just as much enjoyment from browsing the online catalogue as we did in bringing it together.



Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:

Fri 10 March, 10am - 5pm 

Sat 11 March, 10am - 2pm 

Sun 12 March, 10am - 2pm 

Mon 13 March, 10am - 5pm 

All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description. 

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