William Gronow Davis was the lifelong partner of the late Michael Pitt-Rivers. He moved to King John’s House on the idyllic Rushmore Estate in 1961. William was an accomplished artist and he drew inspiration from the beautiful setting of King John’s House and his extensive travels with Michael. Travelling was, indeed, a passion and this they did in great style; Venice was a favourite and the Gritti Palace became something of a home from home.
When at Rushmore they loved to entertain and as dedicated epicureans an invitation to King John’s House was not one to be missed. Both William and Michael were great patrons of the arts and friends included Dame Elisabeth Frink, whose work is well represented in this collection.
They both had a great love of opera, sailing, whippets, field sports and country pursuits. Collecting art and objects to enhance the historic interiors of King John’s House was a shared passion. The rooms were filled with sumptuous fabrics, early tapestries, Asian Art and period furniture arranged with great panache and style.
Duke’s are honoured to be conducting this sale on behalf of the Executors of the Estate.
Dukes Auctioneers: 27th May 2016 17:00:00