July 2020

The Collection of Lady Grundy Including Jewelry and Various Owners

Jun 2020

This auction is comprised of several Georgia, South Carolina and Florida estates including the collection of Lady Grundy, now of Cocoa Beach, FL. Lady Grundy was born in 1922 in Moretonhampstead, England where she lived until the outbreak of World War II. In 1945, she embarked on the vessel “SS Mataroa” from Liverpool to Singapore, opening three beauty salons in Singapore and Malaya and secured the sole agency of Christian Dior for Asia. A great explorer and traveller she went to Moscow during the Cold War; lived with the Iban head-hunters in their long houses in the jungles of Sarawak (Borneo); travelled extensively in Malaysia, China and many other countries in Asia. She spent a few years in London where she met her husband Air Marshall Sir Edouard Grundy, many of whose items are also in the auction including his medals.

Highlights from Lady Grundy’s collection include a pastel drawing of a Balinese Chieftain by Dutch artist, Rudolf Bonnet c. 1953, a pastel portrait of Australian soprano Miss Osca Marah depicted in profile by Canadian artist Richard Mathews, her many furs and 60 lots of jewelry including a three strand 9mm pearl necklace with emerald and mabe pearl clasp. Highlights from other collections include Carl Robert Kummer’s dramatic sunset landscape in a wonderful period frame, a Frederick MacMonnies bronze of Bacchante and Infant Faun, outsider artist Sister Gertrude Morgan’s small work titled Mama Dada and four works by Savannah artist Christopher A.D. Murphy.

Also featured in the auction is an early European school stone figure fragment of the crucified Christ, 16th /17th, a fine marquise cut 1.5ct diamond and platinum ring and a late Classical marble top burlwood console table attributed to Anthony Quervelle or his equal, Philadelphia, c. 1825.

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