Historic £60,000 commode among lots from North Mymms to be auctioned at Christie’s

PUBLISHED: 15:39 01 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:54 01 May 2013

The commode which will go under the hammer at Christie's

The commode which will go under the hammer at Christie's


LOTS from an historic Hertfordshire estate could fetch a combined total in excess of £70,000 when they go under the hammer tomorrow (Thursday).

A decorative commode could sell for £40,000 to £60,000 and a Chinese reverse-painted mirror picture is estimated to go for between £8,000 and £12,000.

Both once formed part of the celebrated collections at North Mymms Park.

They will be auctioned off by Christie’s in King Street, London, in the East & West: A Private Collection From Eaton Square & Anouska Hempel sale.

The commode is a Louis XIV ormolu-mounted ebony, brass and tortoiseshell piece, circa 1700.

Its intricate work includes rendered insects, birds and masks beneath draped canopies. The rounded rectangular brass-bound top is centred by a reserve with a procession of satyrs pulling Cupid in a chariot.

The mirror picture dates from around 1770. It features a pregnant young lady with a flower and feather hat and holding a basket of fruit, standing beside a tree and a lake, with a house beyond, in original moulded rosewood.

A Christie’s spokeswoman said: “The pieces on offer are not only beautiful works of art, but also have a direct link to Hertfordshire, through the prominence of the collection they were formally part of.”

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