One Man & His Hunting Lodge

We love a good house sale here at NDID, an opportunity to acquire fabulous artwork, antique furniture and decorative collectables, or it’s just fun to read through those magnificent glossy auction catalogues we’re sent. 

At the end of the month Nicky Haslam, one of the world’s most celebrated interior designers, is offering his impressive collection from the Hunting Lodge, in Hampshire, where Haslam has lived since 1978. Nicky’s collection of paintings, furniture, sculpture, antiques and books are to be offered for sale on Wednesday 20 November at Bonhams New Bond Street. We’ve selected a few of our favourite lots to share with you this week…

What country home isn’t complete without a fabulous club fender. Lot 22 has an estimate listed at £1000-£1500.

Haslam’s home has a rich history. It was built in the 16th-century for King Henry VII as a rural escape, when the royal forest stretched from Windsor to Winchester, and its distinctive Jacobean façade was later added in 1620. The site, now a National Trust owned property, was believed to be where Prince Arthur, the elder brother of Henry VIII, first met his wife, Catherine of Aragon.

In the 1970s, Hunting Lodge was given to the National Trust by John Fowler, founder of Colefax & Fowler, after which it passed into Nicky Haslam’s hands on a long lease in 1978.

These rather beautiful lamps caught our eye, late 19th Century on the right and beautiful marble columns on the left, perhaps a slighter more modern shade for our interiors but beautiful nonetheless. Featured here are lots 27 and 57.

We’ll always find a home for an occasional table. Love this polka dot tripod table (Lot 79), sweet in a dressing room or next to a giant bath tub. The bamboo table (Lot 101) would be perfect in a library room or study.

Both of these chests caught our eye for a villa project we are working on. A lovely Victorian painted satin birch effect chest (Lot 135) and this late regency pine chest (Lot 141), both with very reasonable estimates.

The house is the backdrop to Haslam’s much-loved possessions, featuring furniture dating from the 19th and 20th century, French terracotta busts, works of art by well-known artists Leon Kossoff, Graham Sutherland, Cecil Beaton and Eric Gill and books inscribed and signed by figures such as Andy Warhol and more.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap up a piece of design history. We are delighted to be able to offer Nicky’s substantial collection at Bonhams, from the Gothic Revival garden seats on the terrace to the shelves upon shelves of signed books and biographies.”

Charlie Thomas, Bonhams Director of House Sales and Private Collections

See you there?

Nicky’s World November 2019