This sale offers the collection of the renowned arbiter of taste and fêted London club owner Mark Birley (1930-2007). Works from twelve different collecting areas are represented, thoughtfully put together over a period of nearly 30 years from Thurloe Lodge, his private Kensington residence.
The mastermind behind a portfolio of exclusive members-only clubs, including the legendary Annabel’s, Birley innovated a new vision of aristocratic nightlife, creating a world where royalty and rock stars partied together in an atmosphere of sophisticated country house glamour.
His personal realm was no less extraordinary. Featuring a range of impeccable treasures and highly decorative objects, from works by Rossetti, Landseer, Munnings and Hockney to monogrammed table silver, a rare Chinese jade, wonderful antique pieces of furniture, superb bronzes and a bespoke Hermès backgammon board, this sale reflects Mark Birley’s private world – his love of understated luxury, entertaining and his beloved dogs.