Esteemed decorator Robert Kime’s collection brings delight at Dreweatts Oct. 4-6

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NEWBURY, UK — As one of the most prominent decorators of the modern era, Robert Kime (1946-2022) brought distinctive taste and style to every home he embraced, including six properties for King Charles III. Known as the decorator to English royalty, Kime and his unique esthetic sensibility led him to become one of the best-known decorators in the world.

Kime’s vast collection, assembled from his many travels, reflects his own personal taste in design and decor and encapsulate many contrasting cultural traditions and media.

Dreweatts Donnington Priory will bring Kime’s collection to market, resulting in a monumental three-day sale from Wednesday, October 4 through Friday, October 6, featuring more than 900 lots of fine art, furnishings and historic items. (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3)

One of the top lots in the sale is New Year Snow, a watercolor and pencil work from 1938 by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942). Kime purchased it at Christie’s in June 2003 at the sale of the late Sir Duncan Oppenheim’s collection. It is estimated at £100,000-£150,000 ($125,000-$187,500).

Kime’s collection includes a tremendous variety of books, both historic and contemporary. This Bible with an embroidered binding, containing both the New Testament and The Whole Booke of Davids Psalmes, dates to the 1620s-30s and carries an estimate of £1,000-£1,500 ($1,250-$1,875).

Irish artist William Crozier (1930-2011) was a friend of Kime’s, often visiting the decorator at Kime’s French retreat, which was known as La Gonette. The Garden at La Gonette; The Orchard at La Gonette, estimated at £6,000-£10,000, or $7,500-$12,500, has an interesting history.

On his first visit to La Gonette in 2001, Crozier was intrigued by the earthen pigments used in house painting in the area. He purchased powdered pigments from a local paint factory, and this work, along with others in the sale, were created using those same pigments.

With more than 900 lots, the Robert Kime collection is both broad and deep. Review the entire sale now at LiveAuctioneers (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3).

The current rate of exchange is £1 = $1.25.
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Eric Ravilious, ‘New Year Snow,’ estimated at £100,000-£150,000 ($125,000-$187,500) at Dreweatts Donnington Priory.
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Walter Richard Sickert, ‘Scuola De San Marco,’ estimated at £50,000-£80,000 ($62,500-$100,000) at Dreweatts Donnington Priory.
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A verdure tapestry of a formal garden landscape, possibly Lille or Flemish, estimated at £6,000-£10,000 ($7,500-$12,500) at Dreweatts Donnington Priory.
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William Crozier, ‘The Garden at La Gonette; The Orchard at La Gonette,’ estimated at £6,000-£10,000 ($7,500-$12,500) at Dreweatts Donnington Priory
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Bible with an embroidered binding, estimated at £1,000-£1,500 ($1,250-$1,875) at Dreweatts Donnington Priory.
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Royal Mint to release commemorative King Charles III coronation coins April 24

Each of the coronation coins features an image of a crowned King Charles III on the obverse. Image courtesy of the Royal Mint and © the Royal Mint
On Monday, April 24, the Royal Mint will release a collection of coins to mark the upcoming coronation of King Charles III. Image courtesy of the Royal Mint and © the Royal Mint

On Monday, April 24, the Royal Mint will release a collection of coins to mark the upcoming coronation of King Charles III. Image courtesy of the Royal Mint and © the Royal Mint

LLANTRISANT, Wales – The Royal Mint, the official maker of UK coins, has unveiled a range of commemorative coins to celebrate the upcoming coronation, including a 50-pence and a £5 coin. The commemorative coronation coin range features a crowned effigy of King Charles III designed by artist and sculptor Martin Jennings – the first crowned effigy of the new British monarch to feature on a coin. The effigy of King Charles III for non-commemorative coins was unveiled following his accession late last year and in line with tradition, the king is shown not wearing regalia.

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Historic English pottery rolls out Charles III coronation souvenirs

This bone china God Save The King teacup and saucer is one of several wares that Duchess China, a company in Stoke-on-Trent, England, is creating to mark the May 6 coronation of King Charles III. Image courtesy of Duchess China
This bone china God Save The King teacup and saucer is one of several wares that Duchess China, a company in Stoke-on-Trent, England, is creating to mark the May 6 coronation of King Charles III. Image courtesy of Duchess China
This bone china God Save The King teacup and saucer is one of several wares that Duchess China, a company in Stoke-on-Trent, England, is creating to mark the May 6 coronation of King Charles III. Image courtesy of Duchess China

STOKE-ON-TRENT, England (AP) – With just five weeks before King Charles III’s coronation, a British manufacturer of fine bone china is busy making God Save The King commemorative plates and mugs for the historic occasion. Craftspeople at the Duchess China factory in the central England city of Stoke-on-Trent painted delicate gold edges on more teacups and saucers March 30 to make sure there are enough to meet the expected demand for royal souvenirs.

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Royal Mint unveils first coins to feature King Charles III

On September 30, the British Royal Mint unveiled the first coins that feature a portrait of King Charles III. Shown here is a 5-pound coin; a 50-pence coin picturing the monarch will enter circulation in December. Also, on October 3, a coin memorializing his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, will be released. Image courtesy of the Royal Mint
On September 30, the British Royal Mint unveiled the first coins that feature a portrait of King Charles III. Shown here is a 5-pound coin; a 50-pence coin picturing the monarch will enter circulation on October 3, the same day a coin memorializing his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, will be released. Image courtesy of the Royal Mint
On September 30, the British Royal Mint unveiled the first coins that feature a portrait of King Charles III. Shown here is a 5-pound coin; a 50-pence coin picturing the monarch will enter circulation in December. Also, on October 3, a coin memorializing his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, will be released. Image courtesy of the Royal Mint

LONDON (AP) – Britain’s Royal Mint has unveiled the first coins to feature the portrait of King Charles III. Britons will begin to see Charles’ image in their change from around December, as 50-pence coins depicting him gradually enter circulation.

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