A sale of one of Robert Kime's beautiful interiors comes to Christie's



The smart streets of Belgravia contain some of the most remarkable houses in London, and the contents of one of them, a 19th-century house on Wilton Crescent, are now up for sale at Christie’s. The house was decorated by Robert Kime, and is full of elements of his signature style: collected textiles, own fabric designs, and impeccably elegant antiques.

“I first saw the house on Wilton Crescent in 2007 with my design team,” says Kime. “It was a marvellous place, with the sweeping Georgian housing around the Crescent, but we decided that the inside needed a start from scratch approach.” Gradually he set about changing the flow of the house to suit the owner’s needs, and filled it with beautiful things to create a warm, layered interior. “Layering was created by mixing antique furniture, art, reproduction fabrics for curtains and upholstery and antique textiles for balance. I used a lot of my own Robert Kime printed and woven fabrics throughout as they are based on document textiles collected from all over the world.”

The sale includes some marvellous antiques, including a Flemish ebony cabinet with 17th-century Florentine pietra dura panels made in the Medici grand ducal workshop, a 15th-century painting of the Madonna and Child by Girolamo da Santacroce, and an Italian giltwood overmantel mirror that Kime liked so much he bought a similar one for himself. Tapestries, another recurrent theme in Kime’s work, are also prominently represented in the sale. “The high ceilings were perfect for using tapestries, such as the Flemish Game-Park Tapestry (Lot 43),” says Kime. “Recently, I have again started buying tapestries myself. They are seemingly so out of fashion — perhaps they seem impractical — but they were, by definition, expensive items when they were made as they took at least a year’s work to complete. They are now excellent value and typically capture history on a large and dramatic scale.”

Scroll down to see some more highlights, and visit christies.com to see the full list of lots. The sale takes places on July 23, starting at 10am.


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