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The Collection of Will Fisher, founder of Jamb, to be offered at Christie's London in February 2012
A large enamel advertising sign for the News of the World. Estimate: £800-1,200. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2011.
LONDON.- Christie’s announces the sale of The Collection of Will Fisher; founder of Jamb to be held on 2 February 2012 at Christie’s South Kensington. All lots to be offered at the auction will be on view to the public at an exhibition at Jamb’s premises at 107a Pimlico Road (from 28th January to 1st February) leading up to the sale.

The auction will include approximately 500 lots both from Will Fisher’s own home in Camberwell and from Jamb in Pimilco. With a total estimate in excess of £1 million, the auction will include a broad array of antique chimneypieces, English and Irish furniture, lighting, natural history, sculpture, architectural and garden ornaments. Estimates will range from £500 to £120,000; one of the smaller highly collectable pieces in the sale is a large enamel advertising sign for the News of the World (estimate: £800-1,200) illustrated above and the top lot of the sale is a George II verde antico and statuary marble chimney piece attributed to Isaac Ware, mid-18th century (estimate:£80,000 to £120,000).

Andrew Waters, Head of Private Collection and Country House Sales, Christie’s: “Will Fisher is a renowned tastemaker and this auction will reflect his unique eye for decoration through works from both his own collection, and from Jamb, the company he founded and for which he is best known. Jamb first became widely recognized for its specialist knowledge with fireplaces, and has since developed a distinctive style further represented through furniture, lighting and garden ornaments. We look forward to working with Will in presenting at auction a diverse selection of lots from both his personal and business collections.”

Will Fisher, founder of Jamb: “The antique dealer’s malaise is buying, so after 20 years I have finally been persuaded to let go! I've had a love affair with auctions ever since I worked at Christie’s when I was 16. Since then I’ve furthered my love for art and antiques as a dealer and with the gallery moving to new premises, now the time has come to return to Christie’s. There are objects I have owned since my childhood, items I swore I would never sell and even fifty of my favourite chimneypieces. After several relationships with girlfriends who referred to themselves as 'furniture widows' I have settled down with the love of my life, Charlotte. Her pragmatism, yet mutual passion for the business combined with her remark, 'what don't you understand about having two kids under the age of five', when I tried to bring a nine foot giraffe head and shoulders into the house, have helped me to my new perspective.”

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