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Inside An Architectural Masterpiece The Chilham Castle in Kent

Step inside Chilham Castle in Kent a historic building in England curated by renowned Interior Designer and Curator Christopher Gibbs.

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Chilham Castle opens its doors to us thanks to Dreweatts auction houses appointed to to sell carefully selected works curated by interior designer Christopher Gibbs. The interior designer was also known as one of the leading antiques aficionados in England, Christopher worked on reshaping the interiors of the castle with Interior Designer Jane Ormsby Gore.

Gibbs has worked together with Ormbsy Gore on creating a welcoming space for the owners of the castle while respecting the history of the same.

Today Dreweatts auction house has the honour of selling some of the selected pieces from Chilham Castle, located in Kent (England, UK).

A late 17th century verre eglomise, tortoiseshell, rosewood, ebonised and ebony cabinet with painted panels from South Italy. Estimate £15,000-£25,000 and a pair of blue and white dishes for the Islamic market from the Kangxi period. Estimate £7,000-£9,000 Photo courtesy of ©Dreweatts

Gibbs had a specific vision for Chilham Castle, which would enable its new owners, the Wheeler family, to honour its rich history, while making their mark, as many generations of families had done before. The home that he created for Stuart Wheeler and his wife Tessa when they took ownership of the castle in 2002 became an exquisite showcase of the very best antiques with exceptional provenance, complemented by Jane Ormsby Gore’s flamboyant textiles and design scheme that would make it above all else once again, a spectacular family home, with a mix of periods, colours and styles that would amaze and delight regardless of ones preferred style,” shares Dreweatts team with ARCHISCENE

One of a pair of 18th / early 19th century Chinese export padouk and marquetry chairs formerly at Godmersham Park Estimate £5,000-£8,000 Photo courtesy of ©Dreweatts

Interior designer Christopher Gibbs was celebrated in London since 1960s and known as one of the trailblazers of the “Swinging London“. A specific cultural shift that had contemporary lifestyle and boundary breaking as it’s main sentiment. In 2014 The New York Times reflected on Gibbs’ work describing him as “man of infinite taste, judgment and experience, the one who introduced a whole generation to the distressed bohemian style of interior design.

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Artwork by Giordano, who was an Italian late-Baroque painter and printmaker in etching and this piece is thought to be by one of the artists of his circle, perhaps the largely unknown Domenico Coscia. The masterfully painted mythological scenes showcase intrigue and the central architectural door opens up to a mirrored recess. A cabinet on stand such as this was highly popular with those on the ‘Grand Tour’ and were often commissioned to be brought back to England. Estimated to reach £15,000-£25,000.
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One of the Chilham Castle entrances – Photo courtesy of ©Dreweatts

The renowned style of Christopher Gibbs has an ineffable quality, a sublime sophistication in its subtlety and appreciation for scale and interest. The selected contents from Chilham are a cross section of Gibb’s vision offering important works besides enigmatic decorative pieces which will not fail to excite the aspiring collector within us.” – shares Joe Robinson, Dreweatts Head of House sales and Collections

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