Design from The Big Smoke

Design from The Big Smoke

Over sixty lots from a London home, spanning the design epochs of the 20th century are to be offered in our 11 October Homes & Interiors sale, with selected highlights in our 25 October Design sale and Fine Interiors sale on 6 and 7 December.

29 September 2022

Situated in The Gatehouse on Uxbridge Street in Notting Hill, the now converted penthouse apartment was, between 1916-1946, the site of the Dunhill pipe and tobacco factory, backing onto their flagship store on 137-143 Notting Hill Gate. Unfortunately, the plans of the factory along with much of its documentation and records were lost in a WWII bombing raid on 17 April 1941.


The converted penthouse apartment in Notting Hill

The converted penthouse apartment in Notting Hill, furnished with 20th century Design in mind.

Celebrating these illustrious decades, the apartment has been carefully furnished with this period in the history of 20th century Design in mind, featuring examples of fine French Art Deco with two console tables by the hand of Raymond Subes (est. £2,000-3,000, and £3,000-5,000 respectively), through to emergence of early Italian Modernism in Paolo Buffa with a set of splendid harp backed sycamore chairs (est. £1,500-2,500).

An Art Deco wrought iron and marble console table

An Art Deco wrought iron and marble console table, £3,000-5,000

A set of ten Italian sycamore harp-backed dining chairs

A set of ten Italian sycamore harp-backed dining chairs, £1,500-2,000

Further statement pieces include a full ‘Tulip’ dining suite, designed by Finnish-American architect and designer Eero Saarinen (est. £2,000-3,000 apiece), and the iconic Fortuny lamp, designed in 1907 by Mariano Fortuny (est. £1,000-1,500). These key pieces have been tastefully accented with sculptures and glassware from around the world, creating a truly unique, eclectic, and global interior.

Also featured are two monumental paintings by Carolyn Hubbard-Ford, executed in the Art Deco style, further tying together of narrative modernism throughout the interior, ‘Ascending’ and ‘City in Shards of Light’. The latter did not only serve as the focal point of the living room but was also used as a cover for the 1998 edition of Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’.


City in Shards of Light Painting by Carolyn Hubbard-Ford (b. 1947)

City in Shards of Light by Carolyn Hubbard-Ford (b.1947) £700-1,000

We are delighted to be able to offer this carefully curated selection from one of London’s most prestigious addresses, celebrating the heritage and history of a Notting Hill landmark.



For more information about this collection, please contact Otto Billstrom | 01279 817778




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