|The entrance to Guignécourt.|
|Christian de Guigne, 4th, left, with his parents and brother Charles, 1961.|
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There are a number of very handsome rooms, but none are more stylish than the Pavilion at the swimming pool. Although the furnishings from the Anthony Hail era are worn and the décor is not entirely intact, it is still a space worthy of note.
|The Pavilion at Guignécourt, 2015.|
|The walls of the Pavilion at Guignécourt are covered with|
hand painted Chinese wallpaper dating from the 18th or 19th century
figured with a mountainous landscape.
|A pair of gray-green velvet sofas. Lot 134.|
|A pair of Chinese black lacquer and gilt tables|
with pierced fretwork and a plinth base. Lot 137.
|A Ningxia carpet from West China, 18th century. Lot 141.|
|A set of four Italian chairs, grain painted and parcel gilt,|
black leather upholstery, early 19th century. Lot 148.
|A pair of console tables with a terracotta dolphin-form support|
and green marble top and base. Late 19th/early 20th century.
|A Chinese model of a garden pavilion, |
gilt-metal and cloisonné enamel.
19th century. Lot 147.
|A George II longcase clock,|
blue and gilt-Japanned, circa 1730.
(The works and case associated). Lot 149.
Despite the high quality of architecture and the numerous beautiful rooms, there is no guarantee of ever finding an appreciative buyer for the house. Certainly the land is desirable, but this sale of the furnishings is not a good indication that there has been interest in the house itself. Judging from the seemingly senseless demolition around the country lately, there is a hunger for opulent mansions that lack patina and any history of former owners. Perhaps this sale at Christie's will attract the attention of a buyer that sees the potential of this Sleeping Beauty.