VIVIEN LEIGH'S ROOMSET ARRIVING AT HAYNES FINE ART'S GALLERY, PIMLICO ROAD
Vivien Leigh fans need to prepare themselves for a very exciting arrival: there is a rare opportunity to see how this iconic and glamorous film star of yesteryear lived! From Thursday 8 March until Saturday 31 March 2018, the Vivien Leigh Collection will take pride of place in Haynes Fine Art's London gallery in the heart of the Pimlico Road design district at 70 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, London SW1W 8LS, where it stands proudly beside the other world class art, interior design, fine antique and furniture emporia.
It is now 50 years since the death of the celebrated double Oscar and Tony Award winner, who shot to fame in her role as Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 American epic 'Gone With The Wind', playing opposite Clark Gable (Rhett Butler). Haynes Fine Art - London & Cotswolds is furnishing a roomset, with pieces from the homes the British actress shared with her husband Sir Laurence Olivier. The decorative roomset provides an insight into the actress’s personal life showing her passion for interior design and modern British and colourful French paintings.
- Les Anemones by Louis Valtat (1869-1952). Valtat knew and collaborated with artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
- A John Klimo signed gouache and oil pastel on paper depicts Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier styled as the man and woman in Lautrec's Divan Japonais poster design, which Klimo signed and inscribed 'Happy Birthday Vivien Leigh' for her 40th birthday.
- An early 19th century backgammon and chess table, after a design by John Maclean
- An 18th century Chippendale style chair
- An 18th century fruitwood card table
- A library armchair
- A tapestry wing-back armchair
- A dressing table mirror, where Vivien Leigh would have sat putting on her make-up and brushing her hair for the day ahead or getting ready for a party
- A pair of Mannerist style theatrical torchères
- A selection of 20th century paintings, rugs and objets d’art
- A hand towel bearing the embroidered initials V.L.O.
On the John Klimo painting:
'I am absolutely overjoyed to have the beautiful birthday present you have devised for me. How could you know that this is my favourite Lautrec poster: in fact, I have a copy at home and have always thought what fun it would be if and when Sir Laurence and I go to a Fancy Dress Ball we should appear as these two characters.' - Vivien Leigh, letter to John Klimo, 13th November 1953
On the Vivien Leigh Collection showcase:
"The business has been in my family since my father started it in 1971. The Vivien Leigh Collection is not for sale. I think it should be kept together, rather than individual pieces disappearing to various parts of the world. My father bought 92 roomsets over the years; this is my first, which we will keep to show at our Broadway gallery in the Cotswolds at some later point. I have been offered some serious money for some of the pieces, but my children, who have joined the business, can decide how it will be used in years to come." - Senior partner, Tony Haynes