Rosie Millard

Sale of the century: the contents of the Sitwells’ mansion are going under the hammer

Rosie Millard has gained a galloping auction habit during lockdown, and November heralds an even more tempting proposition

Interior view of the Sitwells’ Weston Hall, left, and ‘Georgia, Lady Sitwell’ by Cecil Beaton, right. Images: Dreweatts

In my bedroom there is a small lidded laundry basket. It was designed by Geoffrey Lusty for Lloyd Loom, a company that has, since 1917, been producing surprisingly durable furniture made from lacquered woven paper fabric for the middle classes. The basket is globular and stands on three spindly legs.

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