Sotheby’s: The Collection of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire


I was over the moon this morning when I learned that Sotheby’s London will be auctioning off the collection of Deborah, the Duchess of Devonshire (one of the six famous Mitford sisters). The late Duchess was an English style icon and her home, Chatsworth, is one of the finest estates in England. I ate up her memoir, Wait for Me!, and have always admired the down-to-earth duchess’ fine taste in fashion and decor. The auction, which will take place March 2, includes over 450 pieces, from a brass lobster inkwell to a first edition of Evelyn Waugh’s beloved novel, Brideshead Revisted. Simon is encouraging me to hop on a plane to London to catch the preview (Feb 27-March 1), but I’m torn as we will have just arrived in Copenhagen. Sotheby’s preview of Brooke Astor’s estate in New York was one of the most inspiring exhibitions I’ve ever seen… What do you think, should make the trip?! Learn more about the upcoming sale here.











(images 2 and 4 by Cecil Beaton, images 5 and 7 by Simon Upton via W Magazine, final portrait via Vanity Fair)

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8 comments on “Sotheby’s: The Collection of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire

  1. Charlotte

    Of course you should go – this ought to be amazing! Went to Chatsworth this summer and it was absolutely breathtaking. Will put that memoir at the top of my reading list! X

  2. Jessica

    My goodness go! How many opportunities do we ever get access from this sort of legacy and history? Debo was an amazing woman from an amazing family of women (politics aside). Avail yourself if only just to be part of the whirl. What fun!


  3. Katie Armour Post author

    Charlotte – I’m dying to visit Chatsworth! So jealous! And yes, definitely check out her memoir, you will love!

    Jessica – You definitely make it sound like an obvious answer! I laughed at your “politics aside” caveat, ain’t that the truth! Thanks for saying hi :)

  4. Lisa

    Oh my gosh, I am in love. Just one more thing to obsess over thanks to your wonderful journal! Thank you, Katie, for bringing so many lovely things into my consciousness. I’m grateful for your words, taste, and style, and most importantly, that you share it all with us! -Lisa

  5. Katie Armour Post author

    Ruthie – Awww thanks for the encouragement! I think I’m going to try to make it work even if it means flying there and back the same day…stay tuned! xx

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