The Estate of Paul Manousso (1930-2021), an Artist's Home on Brompton Square, Knightsbridge

16 January 2023
Paul Manousso, an artist's home on Brompton Square, Knightsbridge featuring Lot 998, a regency gilt framed eagle surmounted convex mirror, Estimate £100 - £200 (plus BP) and Lot 1419, a late Victorian silver mounted mirror, Estimate £70 - £100 (plus BP)*.

Bellmans is thrilled to offer a collection from the estate of artist and architect, Paul Manousso. This eclectic and vibrant collection features a wonderful variety of pictures and prints, decorative art, lighting, textiles, furniture, ceramics and silver which will be offered in January's auctions this week as well as Bellmans' forthcoming February auctions. The collection showcases Paul Manousso's love of travel and the exotic, delightfully highlighted in the variety of the items collected.

A selection of pictures and prints collected by Paul Manousso: Lot 333, Indian School, late 19th/early 20th century, Portrait of Maharaja Takhat Singh of Marwar, Estimate £50 - £70 (plus BP), Lot 334, 20th century, Untitled, Man and woman, Estimate £80 -£120 (plus BP),

Harrison Goldman, Bellmans' Auctioneer, Valuer and Head of Sale comments, 'It is such a pleasure to handle the estate of such a talented artist and architect, whose beautiful, vibrant home has many treasures from all around the world, spanning centuries in time, from medieval Islamic ceramics, Art Deco silverware to fine Asian carpets and textiles and 20th century Modern British works of art.'

Left: Lot 590, a group of Bohemian glass enamel decorated rosewater sprinklers, spill, vases and base made for the Persian and Ottoman markets, Estimate £100 - £150 (plus BP). Middle: Lot 596, a French Paris porcelain Rhyton vase table lamp by Casse Maillard, circa 1840, Estimate £80 -£120 (plus BP). Right: Lot 595, a gilt-metal and glass mounted four light ship-shaped chandelier, Estimate £80 - £120 (plus BP).

Born in Athens, Greece in the 1930's, Paul Manousso studied architecture in London at the Architectural School of Architecture in London and painting at The British School of Art and Archeology in Rome. He briefly moved to New York in the early 70's to study at the The New York School of Painting.

He was well travelled, extensively visiting and painting in Greece, India and North Africa, collecting wherever he went and building up an extensive collection of wonderfully exotic treasures at his London residence in Brompton Square, Knightsbridge which also contained his artist's studio overlooking the back of the Brompton Oratory and Holy Trinity Brompton.

Left: Lot 931, a Victorian gilt framed triple plate lion mask mounted overmantel mirror, Estimate £200 - £400 (plus BP), Lot 1011, a 19th century ebonised double scroll end sofa, Estimate £100 - £200 (plus BP) and Lot 1040, a 20th century polychrome painted candelabra on a figural support, Estimate £200 - £400 (plus BP). Right: Lot 998, a regency gilt framed eagle surmounted convex mirror, Estimate £100 - £200 (plus BP) and a late Victorian silver mounted mirror, Estimate £70 - £100 (plus BP).

The collection will be offered in Bellman's January and February main auctions. January's auctions are open online to browse and bid with selected lots featuring in as below:

Tuesday, 17 January, from 2pm | Pictures & Prints

Wednesday, 18 January, from 10am | Works of Art, Carpets and Furniture

Thursday, 19 January, from 10am | European Ceramics and Silver

For further information please contact Harrison Goldman, Bellmans' Auctioneer & Head of Sale, on 020 4548 4738 or email [email protected]

Images styled by Bellmans' Auctioneer and Valuer @harrison.goldman assisted by Gorgia La Vecchia @notgeorgia_ #bellmansinsitu