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Treasures from the Wine Cellar of Sir David Frost to Be Sold at Christie's in June
Four bottles of Château Mouton-Rothschild, 1945. Estimate: £3,000-4,000 each. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2011.


LONDON.- Christie’s is pleased to be offering a selection of wines from the collection of Sir David and Lady Carina Frost from the Chelsea home where they have lived for thirty years. The collection will be sold as part of the Fine & Rare Wines sale, to be held at Christie’s King Street on 9 June 2011, and is expected to fetch between £80,000 and £120,000. The sale follows Sir David and Lady Carina’s move to an historical Grade II listed Georgian house which was reconstructed in the late 60’s under the guidance of both Sir Hugh Casson, President of the Royal Academy, and Philip Jebb, architect to the National Trust.

Further items from the private home of Sir David and Lady Carina will be offered in the Interiors sale on 7 June 2011 at Christie’s South Kensington, including furniture, Old Master paintings, objects and works of art.

Fine and Rare Wines including Treasures from the Cellar of Sir David Frost (sale 7971) Auction: 9 June 2011

“My education in wine was really initiated at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where I devoted at least as much zeal to this subject as I did to my more official education in the subject of English literature!” – Sir David Frost

Lots 49, 50 and 57
Estimates: £800-4,000

Lots 44-47
Four bottles of Château Mouton-Rothschild, 1945
Estimate: £3,000-4,000 each

A selection of very rare 19th century Bordeaux wines
Estimates: £500-3,000


Sir David Frost began his collection of older wines after relishing a 1918 bottle of Château d’Issan at Ernies, the legendary restaurant in San Francisco. Sir David and Colin (now Lord) Renfrew also formed a wining and dining club at Cambridge called the Cabal which met monthly at the Garden House Hotel. Sir David has said that wines of these older vintages have rarely, if ever, disappointed him, and he would now like to share his enjoyment with other collectors. The Fine and Rare Wines sale to be held at Christie’s King Street on 9 June will comprise over 500 lots, with 81 lots (270 bottles, 24 half-bottles, 13 magnums, 1 jeroboam and 1 impériale) offered from the private cellar of Sir David. The collection comprises rare 19th and 20th century wines, the majority of which date from the 1850s-1950s. The oldest bottle of Bordeaux on offer is extremely rare – the first ever vintage (1853) from Château Mouton-Rothschild (estimate: £500-700). The property had been called Château Brane-Mouton prior to its purchase by Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild in 1853. Further highlights include a bottle of Lafite-Rothschild, vintage 1865 (estimate: £3,000-5,000), a bottle of Margaux from 1870 (estimate: £3,000-5,000), and several bottles of Mouton-Rothschild, vintage 1945 (estimate: £3,000-4,000 each).

Interiors (sale 6344) Auction: 7 June 2011 On Exhibition: 4-6 June 2011

“My love of country houses and my desire to collect begun at a very young age,
inspired by my father, who was a very keen historian” – Lady Carina Frost

A large North European carved mahogany wing armchair, probably German, mid-19th century
Estimate: £800-1,200

A WMF silvered-metal and glass wine ewer, circa 1906
Estimate: £1,000-1,500

A pair of English pine six-light chandeliers, of George III style, early 20th century
Estimate: £1,000-1,500

English School, late 18th century
King George III; and Queen Charlotte
handcoloured mezzotints
Estimate: £400-800


Christie’s South Kensington regularly holds multi-category Interiors sales, offering a wide range of items to furnish the home from floor to ceiling. With estimates starting at only £100 they are incredibly popular, with private collectors in particular. The auction on 7 June will feature a selection of twenty-two items from The Collection of Sir David and Lady Carina Frost, alongside items offered by various owners. Highlights from the collection include an Edwardian silver bowl, mark of Wakeley & Wheeler, London, 1909 (estimate: £800-1,000), a Biedermeier ash and satinwood secretaire à abattant, second quarter 19th century (estimate: £1,500-2,500) and an English burr-walnut cigar humidor, second half 20th century (estimate: £100-200), as well as those illustrated above.

*Estimates do not include buyer's premium






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