George Farrow’s remarkable collection

Roseberys London presents George Farrow’s remarkable collection, consisting of sought-after pieces from China, the Middle East and Europe. This extensive collection from one owner reflects the eclectic taste of a passionate lover of antiques and fine arts. The collection is the subject of a major auction taking place at the auction house on Tuesday, June 4, 2024.

Born from humble beginnings in Greenwich, South East London, George Farrow left school at the age of sixteen and began a career in the construction industry, where he became one of Britain’s largest private landlords. In doing so, he built up an eclectic private art collection.

The sale offers collectors the opportunity to acquire pieces from an extensive and coherent collection of art and antiques that has been carefully curated over many years. Highlights of the collection, comprising 567 lots, include a rare Berlin Chinoiserie carpet attributed to Charles Vigne from the second quarter of the 18th century with an estimate of £100,000-200,000 and an Italian marble and micromosaic specimen table , along with several ornate velvet panels depicting the Safavid and Ottoman empires.


Anna Evans, Head of Sale at Roseberys London, said: “Roseberys is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring such an extraordinary, one-owner collection to the market. The collection is remarkable not only for its scientific and historical breadth, but also for its quality and exceptional state of preservation. Given the Chinese, Middle Eastern and European highlights included in the sale, we expect to attract interest from across Roseberys’ international customer base.”

‘Art has fascinated me incredibly since I was ten for some unknown reason – the skill, dedication and ‘labor’ input required to create a masterpiece was a miracle to me’

George Farrow

  • A Berlin Chinoiserie carpet (est. £100,000-£200,000) – this rare and striking tapestry depicts the Imperial Banquet, showing the Chinese Emperor and other richly attired courtly figures around an elaborate dining table. It is attributed to the studio of Jean II Barraband and Charles Vigne, after the design of a tapestry from the same series currently held in the MET collection.

A pair of Chinese fishbowls (est. £30,000 – 50,000) – this remarkable example illustrates the peak of Chinese export porcelain production during Qianlong’s reign. Technically advanced and beautifully decorated objects like these were very popular in Europe in the 18th centurye century

  • Two blank catma panels in crimson velvet and silk (est. £20,000-30,000) – these 17e century panels are woven with repeating floral roundels of tulips, pomegranates and saz leaves, where the sheen of the metal threads contrasts with the rich hue of the velvet for a beautiful effect. The Farrow panels are a rare remnant of court-quality Ottoman velvets.

A full catalog of the sale is available here.

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