Gloria: Property from the late Dowager Countess Bathurst
Sale total including buyer’s premium: GBP 1,772,625
This collection, much of which has never been offered for sale before, represents more than four centuries of collecting, patronage and acquisition with its contents shedding light on the changing tastes and times of its many creators. The sale spans Old Master, Impressionist and Modern British paintings, English and European Furniture and Works of Art, alongside Jewellery, Silver, Porcelain and Decorative Furnishings. In addition to this dedicated collection sale, works will also be included in three specialist sales at Christie’s, London, this July, including Important Jewels on 30 July.
The epitome of style and glamour, Countess Bathurst (1927-2018), was a successful model working for couturiers such as Jacques Fath and Christian Dior as well as featuring in Vogue. Born Gloria Clarry, she married lawyer David Rutherston (1925-1975) in 1965 who was son of the artist Albert Rutherston R.W.S. (1881-1953). Following husband’s death in 1975, Gloria married Henry, 8th Earl Bathurst (1927-2011) in 1978 moving to Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire. In 1988, the couple moved to Manor Farm, Sapperton, on the edge of the Cirencester Park estate. Earl Bathurst died in 2011 and Lady Bathurst, then the Dowager Countess, remained at Manor Farm, with regular visits to her Chelsea flat and the collection offered here comes from these two properties.