One of London’s most legendary hotels is set to auction more than 2,000 items next month, as part of a huge phased renovation project.
Located in the heart of London’s Mayfair and overlooking Hyde Park, The Dorchester will be selling furnishings, artworks and accessories all reflecting its breath-taking grandeur.
As part of a two-day sale spearheaded by hospitality auctioneer Pro Auction, buyers will be able to acquire the trappings of a five-star lifestyle as The Dorchester embarks on a significant refurbishment.
The Dorch, as it’s affectionately known, will auction off its treasures for the very first time. The auction will cover every aspect of furniture in each room, including couches, lamps, carpets, chandeliers, and draperies, as well as writing desks, televisions, headboards, and other decorative accessories. Of course, there are offerings for the more practical buyer: cushy ottomans upholstered in velvet and silk and trimmed with fringe, marble-topped coffee tables, along with the contents of the bar and promenade designed by renowned architect and designer Thierry Despont..
Furniture and fittings from the world famous promenade and the legendary Bar at The Dorchester will feature in the sale in addition to signed prints by HRH the Prince of Wales, Derek Rangecroft and Heidi Koenig, luxury Italian lighting and chandeliers from Laudarte and Barovier & Toso will be auctioned, and there will be fine furniture by Restall Brown and others.
With its history dating back to 1931, the Dorchester consistently made a positive impression on royalties, a-list celebrities, and others with a taste for the finer things in life. This will be the largest scale renovation at The Dorchester since 1989. It begins with the entrance, the Promenade, and the Bar, as well as guest floors, following a smaller guest room refurbishment by Alexandra Champalimaud back in 2012.
As part of the hotel’s commitment to providing guests with unrivalled facilities and services. the two most prestigious names in design have been appointed to enhance all guest rooms and public areas and integrate the latest innovations whilst honouring the building’s architectural heritage as one of London’s most revered landmarks. Pierre-Yves Rochon will redesign the hotel entrance, The Promenade, and the new guest rooms and suites, while Martin Brudnizki Design Studio will redesign the bar.
As part of the Dorchester’s redevelopment, the hotel will remain open throughout the refurbishment , with afternoon tea served in the spectacular Orchid Room and a newly-envisioned rooftop restaurant set to open in spring 2022 along with The Grill, Alain Ducasse and China Tang – will remain open as normal, as will the Dorchester Spa, the hotel’s ballroom, the penthouse and the Chef’s Table.
Simon Rose of Pro Auction said: “This major renovation project for the hotel brings with it the opportunity to purchase a piece of the hotel’s history at auction as the owners pave the way for a new chapter for The Dorchester.”
The auction takes place at the hotel on the 21st and 22nd June 2022 commencing at 10.30am each day. Online bidding will also be available via a live webcast. viewing is by arrangement with the auctioneers and the catalogue is available to download from the bidding website.