Going once… going twice – Islander’s rare collectibles to be sold at auction

Anne Port (Picture: Chris Giles Photography) (38120065)

LOOKING to get your hands on a Berlin chinoiserie tapestry from the early-18th century? How about an Italian micromosaic table attributed to Giacomo Raffaelli?

A rare art and antiques collection owned by the late George Farrow, who lived in Jersey, is due to go under the hammer early next month in what auctioneers Roseberys London called a “significant” sale.

The 567 lots from the Islander’s estate will be sold on 4 June. His Italianate villa in Anne Port is also on sale with Hunt Estates for £14 million.

An Italian specimen marble and micromosaic table. (38120056)

The collection features artefacts on par with those found in world-renowned institutions, including pieces from the V&A in London, The Met in New York and the LA Mayer Collection in Jerusalem.

Born in Greenwich in 1916, Mr Farrow was raised in London. He left school at 16 and embarked on a career in the building industry, qualifying as a chartered surveyor through evening classes.

During the Second World War he was stationed in London, where he assisted the south-east division of the RAF with logistical matters.

A pair of Chinese fishbowls. (38120063)

After the war he took over a small property development firm and soon grew to become one of Britain’s largest private landlords.

After retiring, his travels brought him to San Remo and Monte Carlo, but he returned to his British roots and settled with his family in Jersey, renovating Anne Port Farm to its current state.

He lived there until his death in 2001, aged 84.

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