12th Dec, 2023 10:00

Fine Interiors

  Lot 190


A pair of carved and painted overdoors from Weald Hall, Essex

A pair of carved and painted overdoors from Weald Hall, Essex,
second quarter of the 18th century, possibly from a design by Giacomo Leoni (Italian, c.1686-1746), each with a moulded pediment over Ionic capitals, and formal leaf swags of laurel leaves and berries united by a tied ribbon,
133cm wide
11cm deep
80cm high (2)

Provenance: R C Knight & Sons, Norwich, 'Weald Hall, Brentwood, Essex, Sale of the Valuable Fixtures and Fittings', 1950, lot 100;
purchased from the above by the vendor's father;
thence by descent.

Although Weald Hall's architect has never been confirmed, it is plausible that Giacomo Lenoni had some involvement in its design around the 1720s when he was at his most prolific (see Giles Worsley, 'England's Lost Houses', 2002, p.108). Leoni, also known as James Leoni, was born in Venice c.1686 and came to England in c.1714, aged 28, where he was instrumental in introducing the Palladian style through his publication of the first complete English translation of Palladio's 'I Quattro Libri Dell'Architettura'. His designs appeared refreshing and elegant compared to the heaviness of English Baroque, and almost immediately attracted the attention of several wealthy patrons, with great commissions including Lyme Park, Cheshire, and Clandon Park, Surrey. The latter is credited as being Leoni's 'masterpiece' and an important example of the transition from Baroque to Palladianism, but was lost to a fire in 2015.

Weald Hall was no stranger to the most prominent names in 18th-century art and design; Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was responsible for the naturalistic landscaping that took place around the 1730s-40s and Robert Adam was commissioned by the Tower family to produce several designs in 1778 (now housed in the Sir John Soane's Museum, London), some of which were brought to life in the Hall's dining room.

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Sold for £1,400

Condition Report

Later white painting.



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Auction: Fine Interiors, 12th Dec, 2023


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Monday 11 December, 10am - 5pm 

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