Inaugural decorative arts sale offering royal missives

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Auction House is hosting its first live Fine and Decorative Arts sale at the historic Santa Monica Airport on January 15.

The sale includes property from the former United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James, Lewis Douglas and his daughter, socialite Sharman Douglas. Miss Douglas was a close friend and confidant of the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden.

Lots include a John Constable cloud study at dusk and a portrait of the artist’s sister

A collection of nine Christmas cards from Queen Elizabeth, circa 1980s, each signed in ink by the Queen, may command between $800 and $1,200.

A collection of nine Christmas cards from Queen Elizabeth, circa 1980s, each signed in ink by the Queen, may command between $800 and $1,200.

Mary, a photo album documenting an illustrious year in the life of Sharman Douglas with invitations from the King and Queen, as well as photographs of social gatherings and celebrities including Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and other notable personalities.

Also featured are twenty signed Christmas cards with attached photographs from the Queen Mother and a substantial amount of personal correspondence from Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother.

Other lots in the sale include an original first printing of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec’s “Babylone d’Allemagne” poster, an exceptional Pablo Picasso Madoura Chouette Wood Owl vase, several works by Marc Chagall, Tiffany Studios lamps, Tiffany Furnaces enameled desk accessories, estate jewelry and an excellent selection of antique silver flatware and hollowware.

Los Angeles Auction house is under the direction of Bryan Martin Abbott, former director of the Decorative Arts department at Heritage Galleries and Auctioneers and former director of acquisitions at Superior Galleries of Beverly Hills.

For more information, and to view the lots in this sale, call 310-391-4422 or visit www.losangelesauctionhouse.com.

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