Susie Atkinson styles Christie's Interiors Sale

Michael Sinclair

Ahead of Christie's interiors sale on September 11, which is filled with pieces owned by interesting people, interior designer Susie Atkinson has curated spaces with the pieces on offer.

Susie was the winner of House & Garden's Pineapple Award for Outstanding Contribution to Hotel Design in 2018, and is best known for creating the cosseting interiors of Babington House in Somerset, Soho House Berlin, London’s Dean Street Townhouse, and Beaverbrook.

The sale includes lots belonging to the artist Leonard Rosoman and his wife Roxanne, including a sketch by David Hockney. Even more enticing for interiors fans, there are multiple items from the collection of interior designer Nicolo Castellini Baldissera, comprising Moroccan furniture, architectural drawings and some Delft pieces.

Ahead of the sale, spaces styled by Susie will be in-situ at Christie's HQ (8 King Street, St James’, London, SW1Y 6QT; any queries: 0207 389 2203) which can be viewed until Tuesday 10 September.

Susie has shared her top ten highlights from the sale with us.

  • Susie Atkinson styles Christie's Interiors Sale

    Lot 135: A pair of French patinated-bronze armchairs, after the 1943 model by Gilbert Poillerat, from the second half of the 20th century.
    Estimate: £4,000-6,000

    'These bronze chairs are perhaps my favourite lot. Very heavy in weight but so delicately designed - I imagine them in an entrance hall where they would set the tone and create great impact.'

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    Lot 10: A Nigerian Ekoi leather, wood and basketwork headdress, 20th century, on a French mid-20th century black and clear perspex stand.
    Estimate: £2,000-3,000

    'I love the sculptural quality and the scale of this piece - it is highly unusual and quirky and the sort of piece I would want to include in any room.'

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    Lot 75: Portrait of a young gentleman seated on a sofa and a portrait of a young gentleman seated on a bed, Nicolette Meeres
    Estimate: £2,000-4,000

    'I was originally drawn to the striking and stylish frames, but on closer inspection the decorative details of the textiles and the panelling, as well as the handsome young man of course, certainly caught my eye.'

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    Lot 208: An Italian red and clear beaded Pagoda bed, 20th century
    Estimate: £7,000-10,000

    'It is always exciting seeing such a unique piece - as a designer it is the sort of thing that inspires a scheme and I would love to create a exotic bedroom around this amazing bed.'

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    Lot 313: A copper and brass floor-standing 'Sunflower' lamp in the manner of Maison Jansen, from the second half of the 20th century
    Estimate: £1,500-2,500

    'Sometimes a touch of drama can make a room and this floor standing sunflower light with its huge scale has something of The Day of the Triffids about it which I love.'

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    Lot 193: A South German brass and pewter inlaid walnut and marquetry serpentine commode, from the first half of the 18th century, with brass and pewter inlaid panels, gilt-metal handles and squat bun feet.
    Estimate: £3,000-5,000

    'This is a handsome piece with exquisite marquetry and pewter inlay. The bun feet and colour of the walnut, which has faded a little with time, give it an understated homely quality.'

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    Lot 223: Two sketches of Michael Howells inscribed 'Michael' (lower left) and 'Bullyy' (lower right), charcoal and pastel on paper, 20th century
    Estimate: £600-1,000

    'The naivety and simplicity is what appeals to me - they would work so well in a colour scheme - knocking it back slightly in either a traditional or contemporary interior.'

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    Lot 336: A pair of Regency cut-felt collage pictures of the goose woman and 'Old Bright,' the postman of Frant, George Smart, circa 1820
    Estimate: £2,000-3,000

    'The whimsical, charming quality of these pictures appeals hugely to me. I see them at low level, flanking a fireplace. The craftsmanship is exceptional and they bring a smile to my face.'

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    Lot 293: An extensive Meissen porcelain blue onion pattern composite part table-service, 20th century
    Estimate: £5,000-8,000

    'Delicate and pretty - a beautiful set of decorative porcelain to fill a dresser, or I would cover a wall with the plates and work a scheme around them.'

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    Lot 341: 'Elegante aux ballons,' a five-fold screen by Jean-Gabriel Domergue, 1924
    Estimate: £15,000-25,000

    'A theatrical and atmospheric scene! It would make a statement piece in any room although my inclination would be to wall mount it to appreciate the full image depicted.'