The Contents of a Chelsea Mansion

Our first auction of 2022 is set to be an exciting one!

Dawsons Auctioneers are proud to offer the contents of a truly beautiful Chelsea Mansion within a dedicated sale on Thursday 13th January 2022.


This sale truly provides something for everyone, from fine ceramics to toleware trays, decorative lighting to a chinoiserie piano. Everything was specifically sourced for what was arguably one of London’s grandest private residences, and one which has been lovingly refurbished by the clients.


Interior Snug


Nicky Haslam, described as ‘Britain’s ultimate interior designer’, is equally known internationally for having an A-list clientele whom have subscribed to his traditional country house style. With this project he proudly proclaimed to ‘have a bit of fun’ with the interiors, and took particular care in sourcing appropriate antiques and other contents offered in this sale.

Collette van den Thillart a partner of the Nicky Haslam Studio worked alongside Nicky to create a playful yet sympathetic interior to a 17th century Grade II* listed building. In her own words, being an interior designer is, ‘to take risks, stimulate the senses’ which certainly paid off with this Chelsea mansion project.



This sale provides something for everyone, from clocks to ceramics, antique furniture to paintings, modern furnishings to lamps. All made to the highest standard and maintained in beautiful condition.


Interior Dining


The garden terrace showing lots 59 (£300-£500) and 52 (£200-300)


A highlight lot of the sale is the late 19th century French black chinoiserie lacquered upright pianoforte by Roz of Paris. Whilst in need of some restoration, this wonderful statement piece would soon become a treasured instrument in anyone’s home.


Another lot that is sure to attract competitive bidding is the pair of estate style ebonised and distressed open bookshelves with numbered adjustable shelves. As displayed currently in the dining room, they are equally ideal for showing off a prized collection of antique porcelain.





The fully illustrated catalogue is now availble to view here.

Excitingly, ‘The Contents of a Chelsea Mansion’ will be the first auction to be held at Dawsons' newly purpose-built saleroom, in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Clients are welcome to request condition reports, additional photographs and book an in person viewing appointment by contacting us: / Telephone: 01628 944100 / 0207 4319445


Please note, whilst the items within the sale were all supplied by Nicky Haslam and Collette van den Thillart, all photoshoot/room vignettes are recent Dawsons creations for auction marketing purposes only.