Bonhams to Sell Contents of the St Lucia Villa of Lord Glenconner
LONDON.- Bonhams announces the sale of the contents of the late Lord Glenconner’s property, `Beau House’, St Lucia, on behalf of the Glenconner Trustees and Estate on Wednesday 28 September 2011 at 2pm in New Bond Street, London.
The 3rd Lord Glenconner, formerly Colin Tennant, was best known for transforming the barren Caribbean island of Mustique into a luxurious and glamorous playground for the rich and famous. In the 1960s and ‘70s, the island became renowned for sensational parties with guest lists of aristocrats, rock stars and royalty.
From Mustique, Lord Glenconner moved to St Lucia in the early 1990s, together with his pet elephant, and settled in ‘Beau House’ which is idyllically located between the two Pitons in the south-east of this exotic island.
On St Lucia he was appointed Ambassador of Tourism and developed his land as a World Heritage Site The sale includes a wonderful selection of Caribbean and Anglo Indian furniture – perfect for a tropical climate – Islamic and Indian art, Chinese ceramics, silver, works of art, jewellery, pictures, natural history items from the South Seas and `Osler Lights’.
They reflect a man of taste, foresight and considerable philanthropy, with many objects providing insight into a way of life from a previous era, such as the birthday cufflinks given by the late Princess Margaret as a birthday present and photographs by the Earl of Lichfield, the Queen’s cousin.
Lord Glenconnor once said: “I was born into great privilege.” The extraordinary objects in this sale endorse that view.