In the foreword to the book (op. cit. p.vii), Griffiths extols the virtues of good collecting stating ‘the real collector is one who buys a piece, not for its utilitarian purpose but because it has intrinsic merit’. The present lot is a testament to this philosophy, made with top quality mahogany, accentuated by the finest carved acanthus elements and elegantly proportioned legs.
Of the next generation of collectors, Geoffrey Blackwell O.B.E. was one of Symonds’ most important collectors. He built up a unique collection combining modern British pictures and fine Georgian furniture, adorning the interior of his Berkhamsted home. Symonds also advised several other prominent collectors such as J. S. Sykes, James Thursby-Pelham, E. B. Moller and Frederick Poke, but Blackwell was one of the most enthusiastic. Family legend has it, that one of his sons was on a fox hunt with the Whaddon when Griffiths was killed. Without hesitation, he immediately informed his father, who leapt from his bath to contact Symonds and ascertain which pieces would be available, a zeal that Griffiths would no doubt have admired.
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