Author: Bruno Pião
The former London homes of many luminaries in The Park Crescent including family members from the De Beers and Bonaparte dynasties are transformed into £100m Frieze Week apartments and art showcase. Today, Design Limited Edition shows you Fine Art and Exclusive Design at the year’s most luxurious property launch.
The Park Crescent, by Amazon Property, takes the former London homes of the Bonaparte family, the Brazilian and US Ambassadors and the De Beers diamond dynasty, transforming them into a spectacular Frieze Week showcase featuring a £100 million pound apartments-and-art showcase. The six luxury residences are now graced with works by Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Victor Vasarely, Robert Rauschenberg and Yayoi Kusama.
To deliver the most luxurious property event in London this year, Amazon Property collaborated with leading art curator House of the Nobleman to transform six of the dressed residences at The Park Crescent into a special Post-War and Contemporary art exhibition using world-class pieces sourced from official partners Alon Zakaim Fine Art and Lawrence Van Hagen alongside works from private collectors from around the world.
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The Park Crescent is London’s only Royal crescent, Grade I listed, designed by John Nash (1752-1835) and built by Henry Peto in 1812-1820 as luxurious residences for the family and friends of HRH Prince George, The Prince Regent and Acting Head of State.
Many were converted into offices in the late 20th Century until purchased by Amazon Property in 2013 and now restored to residential use providing two to four bedroom duplex, mezzanine and lateral residences.
The art exhibition showcases 200 pieces of artwork and runs across six residences at the scheme, with each property having a different curatorial theme. One of the residences in the Royal crescent was originally owned by Henry Peto, the wealthy contractor who built the iconic Nash property. In 1826 he sold it for £7,200 (a fortune at the time) to Viscount Manuel Rodrigues Gameiro Pessoa, the very first Brazilian Ambassador to London and friend of Brazilian Emperor Pedro I and King George IV. The property then served as the Brazilian Ambassador’s residence until 1940 when bombing forced the residency to relocate to 54 Mount Street where it remains to this day.
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The spectacular first-floor state-rooms of the former Brazilian Ambassador’s residence are now an exceptional four bedroom residence interior-designed by 1508 London. The triple reception room has been transformed into a display of 30 Alexander Calder works, the largest display of his work ever undertaken in a residential building in the UK. Similarly, the master bedroom suite showcases 10 works by Marc Chagall, the largest showcase of Chagall work in one space ever unveiled in London. The apartment’s glass-walled mezzanine gallery showcases work by Salvador Dali, with works by Joan Miro completing the art showcase in this residence.
One of London’s Blue Plaques on the façade of The Park Crescent highlights that it was the home of Charles Francis Adams, Abraham Lincoln’s American Ambassador to London (son of US President John Quincy Adams) who lived there from 1863 to 1866. Charles Adams returned to the US in 1869, but his son, the US historian Henry Brooks Adams, used the crescent as his London residence between 1878 – 1908.
In the former American Ambassador’s residence, a four-bedroom duplex, interior designed by Taylor Howes, has been transformed into a Modern British exhibition including works by Ben Nicholson, Paul Feiler and William Scott.
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