The Tudor-style six-bedroom home, dating back to the 1900s, has gone on sale for $11 million. Located on the pristine Long Island Sound near Rowayton, Connecticut it is a vast 3.5-acre property with a main house and three other buildings, a private beach and a swimming pool.
The picturesque mansion overlooks New York City while retaining ideal privacy and seclusion. The 6,100 square feet main home comprises six bedrooms, two offices, a gym and a steam room with its original colonial design from the early 1900s retained and restored.
It was built from local stone and is a sublime combination of archaic charm and modern luxury.
The stone fireplace is a beautiful accent in the spacious and ample living room flooded with natural light. Stone features prominently in the English mansion as evidenced by the heavy stone table in the dining room that overlooks the waters in the richly-appointed home. The kitchen is completely renovated with a large table, bar stools and state-of-the-art appliances.
The second floor houses the gym with exercise machines, weights and a horizontal bar. The master bedroom is breath-taking and comes with an attached study area and a long bay window. Its en-suit bathroom boasts two basins and a stone-walled shower.
Marketed by the Higgins Group real estate company, the island has everything for a simple, modern and comfortable life away from the big city including a caretaker’s cottage and an ample porch with stone columns. A pristine 25ftx75ft swimming pool is another one of the amenities it offers to make your stay memorable. Others include a boat house with a bedroom, bathroom and games room, and a Tea House with a meeting room and one further bedroom and a two-bedroom cottage.
Carefully-maintained lawns and stone gardens add to the charm of the magnificent property, which even comes with an open firepit and its very own antique cannon.
The partnership between the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and The Griffin Gallery has given way to a spectacular exhibition with stunning pieces most contemporary art enthusiasts will surely appreciate.
In total 13 pieces from scholars from the trust as well as 13 others from the gallery’s artists will be showcased for the general public to marvel at and bid on. Talented designer Scott Benefield has created exquisite fine-lined glass sculptures for the exclusive event that start from £1,250. His delicate work and meticulous forms complement beautifully Rachel Wickremer’s highly textured paintings and the clear, captivating linear nature of her shapes. Prices for her creations are available on request.
Another interesting suggestion is artist’s Trevor Cain meticulously restored vintage dollhouses, which are simply spellbinding with the attention to detail and intricate embellishments. Prices from £1,200 every model is uniquely tailored and features authentic fabrics and captivating old-fashioned aesthetics. A bit on the unorthodox side are Nicola Dale’s paper sculptures, which are as fragile and intriguing as they are valuable with prices available on request at the gallery.
Talented and respected artists Mia Sarosi’s ethereal porcelain creations are also featured with the depth of their subtle properties being her signature mark. Stating at £200 – there is no limit to the hand-made and printed ceramic pieces that she’s capable of designing with each one being of unique nature and form. Her notable reputation in the artistic guild is a testament to the unmatched quality of her ceramic creations.
All proceeds from the sales of the artistic pieces will go towards the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, which has funded over 350 scholarships for people in 130 mediums since its launch back in 1990. This is a unique event that allows individuals with appreciation for art, quality and exclusivity to acquire unique and valuable pieces while contributing towards a worthwhile philanthropic cause.
The international yacht brokerage and new yachts agent for Allures Yachting yachts- Williams & Smithells – announced the debut of the Allures 45 lifting-keel blue water cruising yacht at the 2012 PSP Southampton Boat Show. This model, albeit a few years old, continues to impress with style, design and engineering as it remains one of the finest long-distance sailing yachts released in recent years.
The changes to the shape, design and materials used were all made with the thought of high performance and seaworthiness in mind. The powerful hull lines and sturdy aluminium hull make it safer than most yachts of its calibre while adding a touch of elegance. The cabins stand out with the functional distribution and use of the available space, providing plenty of storage and accommodation for life at sea. The large water and fuel capacity attest to the yacht’s mission of providing excellent quality of life on board at lengthy periods of time.
The corpus is highly resistant to impacts while remaining light and easy to manoeuvre. Its construction is enhanced by the extensive use of aluminium, which permits maximum safety and speed.
The accommodation is generous for a yacht of such proportions with plenty of space, generous headroom and practical storage solutions. An intuitive steering system is the latest in technology and optimises performance by providing exceptional responsiveness to the helm. The combination of power and precision puts the Allures 45 in a class of its own.
Available in three standard versions, each model allows for more customizations to fully meet the customer’s requirements and sailing needs. All models are characterized by lower fuel consumption and exceptional speed, high resistance to corrosion and impact, and ample proportions for a supreme sailing experience.
Retailing for £299,950, the Allures 45 is a luxurious yacht that is reliable, fast and easily adaptable.
This summer jewellery has a specific 1970s allure with the introduction of beautiful mash-up between conventional designs and modern inspiration. From Dior to Cartier we see feminine and lavish pieces adorning taking the aesthetic to a dynamic new level.
Inspired by 70s icons Patti Smith and David Bowie designer Hannah Martin introduces two new staggering lines – her Rock ’n’ Roll collection and the Aguila Dorada collection with the signature £13,700 Bid for Freedom bangle that is a truly one-of-a-kind piece. Her style boasts an exquisite blend of hippie style and old Hollywood glamour, which fits perfectly with the modern woman’s lifestyle. The Delirium Shadow Amulet pendant is another fabulous creation, sold for £1,395 that perfectly relays the signature style of the pre-punk years of a decade long gone. It’s an elegant medallion style on a long chain.
Another interesting suggestion comes from the well-known and respected Van Cleef & Arpels brand – a personal favourite of Elizabeth Taylor for its hedonistic glamour and unmatched quality. Their colossal medallion pendants in an array of rainbow gem colours are surging in popularity with the Alhambra necklace retailing for £3,700.
Up and coming designers and brands are trying to live up to the changing trends and introducing eye-catching pieces that are particularly popular among younger clients. Brazilian designer Carla Amorim presented her staggering oval hoop drop earrings priced at £5,600 with a choice of sunny gold or matt openwork while British designer-jeweller Cassandra Goad attracted attention with decadent Brazilian-themed jewellery like the gold Ipanema cuff for £6,200, the Floresta earrings from £690 and the Beatriz Carnaval pendant for £13,950, which drew its inspiration from 1970s-style painting by Beatriz Milhazes.
There is a wonderful revival of 1970s feminism that takes shape in the summer jewellery trend with renowned designers such as Elsa Peretti creating fascinating pieces that accentuate the female form through a subtle blend of sensuality, elegance and ferocity. The gold and jade Claw collar she exclusively designed for Tiffany & Co is sold for £9,775 and complements perfectly the lifestyle of the contemporary woman.
A unique opportunity to own a piece of literary history has arisen on the property market in London. A Grade II listed home where JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan has been listed for sale for £7 million and it’s in the heart of Kensington and its prime location and historical value are already attracting a lot of attention.
Upscale agency Strutt & Parker is handling the sale of Leinster Corner, located at 100 Bayswater Road – a well-connected yet tranquil location in one of London’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. The seven-bedroom, three-bathroom home comes with its own blue plaque, which a tribute to the famous author and its unique façade adds a certain charm to the property. The effect has been achieved thanks to tiny pieces of broken mirror embedded into the brickwork.
Generous spacing is available throughout with two contemporary kitchens, a utility room, a scullery, private wine cellar, large terrace, garden and ample underground parking. It boasts every necessary accommodation for a luxurious family-friendly feel.
It has been renovated and fitted with state-of-the-art appliances to meet modern standards of comfort and utility. Originally built in 1820 as half of one of four pairs of semi-detached, double fronted villas, it is part of the only surviving pair.
Kensington gardens is a mere few blocks away with a Peter Pan statue reminiscent of the rich history that Leinster Corner holds. The property comes to about 5,000 square feet in total with a marvellous garden and terrace that provide much-needed space and privacy.
All renovations have been carried out in keeping with the property’s original design and ambiance with most of the internal fabric remaining unchanged. This gives the house a unique quality of being a captivating blend of modern comfort and rich personality. Door furnishings, banister, wall paneling and fireplaces remain the same and carry a wonderful historical feel.
One of the more impressive models from his collection is a fully-functioning 350cc Tiger 90, valued at £100,000 – which was the most famous machine ever to compete in the International Six Days Trial. Having won five gold models, it remains a leader in the renowned challenge. Another TR6 machine featured in Shepherd’s possession is the Bonneville ridden by Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III as well as the one Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. Most were purchased at auctions for next to nothing.
Two Triumph Tiger Cub trials bike, valued at £15,000 were owned journalist Denis Jenkinson, who famously navigated for Stirling Moss during his record-breaking victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. All models have been restored and maintained to an exceptional standard with the owner having a strong eye for detail. All retain their original parts, which preserves the history of the marque.
The British company crafted a truly unique identify for its sportbikes, roadsters and cruisers, employing a mostly three-cylinder mechanism. More than a century after they came into production, the bikes retain their versatility and continue to make a statement thanks to the brand’s rich heritage. The modern classic line-up boasts some of their most recognizable 500-plus pound motorcycles with old school design and powerful torque.
The iconic classics are real beauties with an engine capacity of 2294cc and range in price from £6,999 to £14,599. In -line 3-cylinder provide enough torque and the swingram is twin-sided, made of cast aluminium alloy. Liquid-cooled or air-cooled – the powerful machines live up to their name and reputation.
This year’s Baselworld saw the introduction of a truly magnificent piece in its own category of class and excellence – rightfully given as an example of “mechanical luxury for gentlemen”.
The Roland Iten Diablo R60 belt buckle is an accessory that any respectable contemporary man must come to possess in order to appreciate the added value of a 60.66 carat diamond on an everyday item. The item is a seamless fusion of state-of-the-art mechanics with the pinnacle of haute joaillerie in the face of the exceptionally rare orange-brown (“cognac”), modified kite-shaped brilliant diamond.
Thanks to a unique calibre beneath it – the stone is clearly visible in a subtle display of quality and worth without being too flashy or overwhelming. The designer’s intention in crafting a male accessory that makes a statement on its own was clear in the making of this fine example of mechanical perfection.
The high-performance, mechanical belt buckle is calibrated beautifully to match the everlasting beauty of the Diablo diamond with a clean and cut chassis that enables easy adjustment of the leather strap to a maximum length of 22 mm. What makes the smooth mechanisms even more spectacular is the fact that they’re all clearly visible high-clarity cognac diamond, providing a unique blend of blend of art and engineering, utility and aesthetics.
Apart from the craftsmanship that has gone in the making of this stunning accessory, the gem itself is a true work of art (and nature). Its extremely rare natural colour coupled with its history that can be traced back 160 years add considerable value to the one of the world’s largest and most striking diamonds. An official price for the piece still hasn’t been announced, but we can only guess it’s going to match its uncanny construction and uniqueness with Roland Iten’s collectors buckles reaching prices in the region of £350,000 – for his signature Calibre R822 “Predator” model.
The exclusive of Downton’s Lady Violet Crawley that attracts hundreds of tourists, has gone on the market for nearly £4million. The combination of its historical significance and the popularity of the TV series are expected to attract a lot of foreign interest towards the 6,000 square feet property.
Located on the grounds of a royal lodge it has been used since the seventh century used by Henry III and King Edward I and II. The mansion is renovated with details from an earlier Palace incorporated, including a heavy timber staircase and several fireplaces.
It boasts stunning period features, intriguing history and classic British look that captivates with rustic decadence and English heritage – a rare combination. With eight bedrooms and four reception rooms it is flooded with natural light and boasts generous room proportions. 18 acres of land surround the estate and are perfectly manicured with lush green lawns.
The fact that the house retains much of the original setting is worth a fortune by itself. It is situated in an idyllic location at the end of a winding country lane at the end of the nearby village, discreetly positioned for privacy and security.
Currently owned by businesswoman Julie Hutton, it has been substantially renovated by the owner to a high level of sophistication and detail in keeping with its historical ambiance and heritage. New fittings allow for urban luxury combined with rustic peace and tranquillity. State-of-the-art appliances have been fitted to make the stay at the estate as comfortable and luxurious as possible all the while brilliantly preserving all original furnishings.
The property presents a wonderful opportunity for buyers looking to leave the city and interested in acquiring a larger home with land all the while remaining well connected to the urban lifestyle. All in all, this is a practical house for the 21st century and perfect for a growing family.
An expensive and majestic artefact is the Guennol Lioness – a 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian stone statuette of a lion-headed figure, priced at for $57.2m.
Galleries respond to the new trend with the introduction of ‘by appointment only’ boutiques likes London’s Daniel Katz. Inside the eminent dealer’s den you can marvel at the 2,000-year-old diorite-stone sculpture of an Egyptian priest and even take it home for £245,000. A more contemporary bronze frog by Eduardo Paolozzi from 1957 is valued at £225,000.
In the gallery of Gregory and James Demirjian buyers can inspect the divine 3rd-2nd century BC Greece Aphrodite with meticulous carvings and a price tag of £2 million. It contrasts beautifully with south Arabian stele on sale for £90,000, which clean, cut geometry and gimlet eyes. A variety of gold coins from different periods range in price from £2,500 to £400,000 and attract attention to the other precious artefacts like bronze Corinthian helmets for £950.000 and heavy Lion Head bracelets for £550,000.