02 March 2016

Duchess of Devonshire's Chickens

Today is the sale at Sotheby's for Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire: The Last of the Mitford Sisters. As one would expect, prices are soaring. As you know, the Duchess had a fondness for chickens. The sale did not dissappoint.  Here are some of the chicken related items.

 Model of a hen, by Nicholas Johnson, made from reclaimed pine.

 Two bespoke pine and plywood travelling poultry boxes with the specially engraved monogram DD.

A matched pair of large continental earthenware hen tureens and covers, 19th Century.

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Coq et Poules (Creuzet 181)

A Japanese bronze group, Meiji Period, late 19th century

A French bronze and marble presse-papier in the form of a cockerel, second half 19th century

Jonathan Sainsbury, Gossip - Hens

 English School, Farmyard Fowl

 T. Benson, Hens and Cockerels in a Farmyard

Harry Epworth Allen, Study of Poultry

A Collection of Books on Poultry, 1853-2001

 Anne Gascoigne, Buff Orpington Hen

 An Edwardian electroplated novelty egg cruet, Mappin & Webb, circa 1910

 Poultry related ceramics, late 19th/20th century

1 comment:

  1. Hard to believe they are all gone. She was one of a kind, I can only imagine the stories she didn't tell.


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