Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu (26 March 2019)

Date of Auction: 26th March 2019

Sold for £100

Estimate: £100 - £150

Louis Osman archive: the mounted design for the front elevation of Lloyd Lodge, the Principals Lodgings, Newnham College, Cambridge, in ink and gilt, (glass cracked), and another mounted design for the Bakewell ‘Bird Cage’ arbour, 1958, in ink, watercolour and gilt, first dimensions 49 x 112.5cm, second 109 x 64cm. £100-£150


In 1958 Newnham College, Cambridge were given a substantial bequest by Jessie Lloyd, in memory of her daughter Muriel, and decided to commission a new independent house, as lodgings for its principal, and chose Louis Osman to design it. The lodge is based on a classical design, comprising a square central courtyard walled with sheet glass. The front elevation depicted in this design faces out onto Newnham Walk, and has a pillared portico stretching the length of the house, with lettering above commemorating Muriel Lloyd.

In 1708 Robert Blackwell, a Derbyshire blacksmith, had created an elaborate ‘Bird Cage’ arbour in the grounds of Melbourne Hall in Derbyshire. In 1958 Louis worked with the ironwork specialists George Lister & Sons Ltd, on the restoration of this arbour. He meticulously researched Bakewell’s original plans so that the ironwork could be stripped and repainted in its original striking colour scheme.

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