Christie’s announces a major antiques sale from Patrick Moorhead

Marie-Claire Chappet
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This week, a treasure trove from the famed antiques dealer Patrick Moorhead goes on sale at Christie’s London. The lots comprise 124 furniture pieces and works of art, spanning from Regency styles to Chinese ceramics.

The Brighton-based dealer has a sterling reputation as a collector of beautiful and diverse pieces, so the sale has arrived amid much excitement. Indeed, the collection is everything you would expect from Moorhead, who grew up surrounded by antiques on the renowned Lanes of Brighton. The lots range from the conventionally impressive – a vast oak and Indian rosewood library table – to the delightfully whimsical – a stick stand in the shape of a spaniel on its hind legs. There is also a global feel to the collection: there are Chinese yellow-ground garden seats, floral Japanese enamel plates and a highly distinctive Swiss Black Forest carved wood bench, which depicts two roaring bears holding aloft the seat.

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Moorhead, whose business has expanded from one to three Brighton-based stores and has branched out to international private clients, worked closely with the Christie’s team to curate the sale.

“I very much enjoyed putting this selection together for the auction,” he says. “Buying and selling is in my blood and I cannot live without the thrill of the hunt, so I am not planning on retiring anytime soon. I hope that the auction portrays some of the excitement I feel every day for making discoveries and unearthing hidden treasures, and that Christie’s clients will share this enthusiasm for the lots on offer.”

Giles Forster, the director of decorative arts and head of sales, shares his enthusiasm and believes the collection is timely.

“Patrick has a sixth sense for quality, knowing what is a good example instinctively by its look and feel,” he says. “At this time when we are all spending more time in our homes, there is a greater desire than ever to elevate our surroundings, to enhance our interiors with beautiful works, and this sale offers the ideal opportunity to do this in abundance.”

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Estimates range from £1,000 to £120,000 and the sale is expected to realise in the region of £1,000,000.

‘Patrick Moorhead: Hidden Treasures’ is on sale until 25 February at www.christies.com.