A round- up of the high prices Lu­tyens’ pieces have reached in the salesroom

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The high­est price paid for a Lu­tyens piece was on 9th Novem­ber 2000 at Christie’s King Street. A pair of opales­cent glass hanging shades that he de­signed around 1925 for Gled­stone Hall went un­der the ham­mer for £44,650.

Prices have re­mained con­sis­tent in the years since. On 3rd Novem­ber 2015, Christie’s sold a pair of up­hol­stered ma­hogany ‘ Napoleon’ chairs, de­signed in 1919, for £11,250, a fig­ure that was al­most twice the lower es­ti­mate. While on 27th April 2017, an­other Gled­stone Hall ceil­ing light, the six-beaded, coloured- glass and sil­ver- plated brass ‘ Halo’, fetched £28,750 at an auc­tion at Phillips Lon­don.

‘Orig­i­nal Lu­tyens pieces are a good in­vest­ment,’ says Mar­cus McDon­ald, in­ter­na­tional spe­cial­ist at Phillips Lon­don, Hong Kong and New York. ‘ He didn’t sign his pieces so it’s rare to have firm at­tri­bu­tion, but if you do find an ex­am­ple with good prove­nance that can be traced back to an orig­i­nal in­te­rior, it is likely to hold – or even in­crease – its value. The high price the ‘ Halo’ achieved at our re­cent sale will cer­tainly be good for the mar­ket.’

ABOVE FROM LEFT This pair of opales­cent glass hanging shades that sold at Christie’s in 2000 for £ 44,650, still holds the auc­tion record for an Ed­win Lu­tyens prod­uct; a ‘Halo’ light that Lu­tyens de­signed speci cally for Gled­stone Hall went for £ 28,750 at Phillips Lon­don ear­lier this year BE­LOW A pair of Lu­tyens’ dis­tinc­tive asym­met­ric ‘Napoleon’ chairs fetched £11,250 at Christie’s in 2015

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