Five from Kime: Highlights from the Dreweatts sale
21 September 2023
Collector, dealer, interior decorator: there were few who had a better eye than Robert Kime.
This picture of various dogs by William Nedham was almost certainly commissioned by Charles Thomas Warde, Clopton House, Warwickshire. Nedham was an equestrian painter, but painted some scenes of hunters with dogs. Signed and dated 1838, this oil on canvas has an estimate of £20,000-40,000.
Following his death last year, Dreweatts is holding a three day sale of his collection form October 4-6. More than 750 items are on offer with lots ranging in value from just £30 to more than £100,000. It could total more than £1.5m
Day one includes items from Kime’s Warwick Square home followed by his collection from his Provencal house known as ‘La Gonette’. The third day will contain a variety of the more decorative items from both locations.
Will Richards, deputy chairman of Dreweatts, said: “Robert was a widely admired and greatly respected figure in the art and design world. He was foremost a collector, driven by an innate curiosity, combined with a deep academic knowledge.”
Estimated at £3000-5000 is this late Victorian walnut and red leather armchair by Howard & Sons, renowned for the comfort and design of their upholstered armchairs and sofas. It is offered with a Sindh embroidered cushion in madder and apple green silk.
This pair of parcel gilt walnut models of castellated towers from the late 19th or early 20th century were possibly part of a novelty large scale chess set and have an estimate of £200-400.
This painted table is the work of Duncan Grant, whose interest in the decorative arts went beyond The Omega Workshops he founded with Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell in 1913. This table is probably from the 1940s or 50s and features a central roundel painted with stylised flowerheads. It has an estimate of £10,000-15,000.
Painted in the early 17th century, this Elizabethan portrait of a man with a spade and a pickaxe has an estimate of £30,000-15,000.