Eric Albada Jelgersma Collection Interior, © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

Dutch entrepreneur Eric Albada Jelgersma’s Old Masters art collection is expected to fetch over £26m when auctioned at Christie’s this week. But it’s his 350-lot furniture collection – assembled in collaboration with designer and legendary eye, Axel Vervoordt – that’s turning our head.

Objects from the Brussels and Amsterdam homes of Eric and Marie-Louise Albada Jelgersma will be auctioned during the two-day sale.

Highlights include a cache of ancient, minimalist stone figures acquired from the designer as well as a pair of Regency mahogany and caned library bergères (estimate: £30,000-50,000); and a late 18th-century Italian architectural model of a temple (estimate £50,000-80,000).

An Italian fruitwood architectural model of the Temple of Portunus, circa late 18th/early 19th century. Acquired from Axel Vervoordt NV, Gravenwezel, Belgium, 1998. (Estimate: £50,000 - £80,000).
LOT 600: An Italian fruitwood architectural model of the Temple of Portunus, circa late 18th/early 19th century. Acquired from Axel Vervoordt NV, Gravenwezel, Belgium, 1998. (Estimate: £50,000 – £80,000).

Jelgersma owned several vineyards, including Château Giscours. He passed away in June and consigned the collection to Christie’s before his death.

Auction: Friday 7 December at 10 am (Lots 501-820) 8 King Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6QT

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Betty is the Editor of The Spaces.

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