13th Dec, 2023 10:00

Fine Interiors

Lot 468


A set of eleven prints of China after drawings by William Alexander

A set of eleven prints of China after drawings by William Alexander,
published by G. Nicol, London, 1796, each in an ebonised and beaded frame,
smallest 21.5 x 25cm
largest 39 x 48cm (11)

Provenance: Private collection, Mayfair, London W1.

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A Mayfair Private Collection

Offered for sale in our December Fine Interiors sale are a number of items from a Mayfair private residence, including several lots purchased from the Christie’s auction: ‘Kinross House, Scotland and Property Removed from The London Residence of Mrs. Winston Spencer Churchill’.

Decorated in the classic English country house style, the Belgrave Square apartment where Luce Spencer Churchill lived with her husband, Winston Spencer Churchill, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, featured stylish and comfortable pieces of furniture, works of art and paintings, some of which were inherited from his predecessors.When offered for sale at Christie's, the collection, with its links to one of the most celebrated names in British history, inspired spirited competition, achieving over half a million pounds and a 100% sold rate.

The pieces purchased from the sale are perfectly complemented by several others, all of which were chosen to adorn our vendor's elegant Mayfair residence.

Sold for £320

Condition Report

All measurements plate size. Three: 'Punishment of the Tcha', 'View in Turon Bay', 'Natives of Cochin-China, Playing at Shittle Cock with their Feet' - 21.5 x 25cm. 'Instruments of War used by the Chinese' - 39 x 48cm. Five: 'View oof the Tchin-Shan, or Golden Island in the Yang-Tse-Kiang, or Great River of China', 'Chinese Barges of the Embassy preparing to pass under a Bridge', 'View of the Tower of the Thundering Winds on the border of the Lake See-Hoo, taken from the Vale of Tombs', 'View of the Lake Pao-Yng where it is separated from the Grand Canal by an embankment of Earth', 'A View near the City of Lin-Tsin on the Banks of the Grand Canal' (unglazed) - 34 x 48cm. Two (unglazed): 'A Chinese Military Post', 'A Quan or Mandarin bearing a Letter from the Emperor of China' - 30 x 39cm.



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Auction: Fine Interiors, 13th Dec, 2023


London Viewing | Highlights

A selection of lots will be on view Wednesday 22 November - Saturday 2 December at our London Gallery, 15 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ, as follows:

Monday-Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm 

Saturday, 1pm - 5pm

Sunday - Closed


Stansted Viewing | Auction

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

Friday 8 December, 10am - 5pm 

Saturday 9 December, 10am - 2pm 

Sunday 10 December, 10am - 2pm 

Monday 11 December, 10am - 5pm 

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The auction will take place at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE. 

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