Althorp Living History Collection from Theodore Alexander
Theodore Alexander and English aristocrat Lord Charles Spencer joined forces to produce a collection of furniture based on originals from Althorp, an English Stately Home (the childhood home of the late Princess Diana).
This collection was the idea of Charles Spencer, the ninth Earl of the estate “It has taken 19 generations of my family to build the collection and it would be a tragedy if all these wonderful things were lost.” The collection illustrates how family heirlooms can be integrated into modern spaces. Beautifully crafted in mahogany and walnut, the 18th and 19th century reproduction pieces have a decisive flair.
Inside Althorp there is a range of beautiful oak furniture, accumulated over five centuries by long-gone members of the Spencer family. Using thick cut reclaimed oak veneer from antique French architectural beams, Theodore Alexander continues the grand tradition of ‘The Age of Oak’ in English Furniture.
The histories of the Spencer Family’s Heritage and Althorp are so tightly entwined that they would be impossible to unravel and separate. All the Spencers’ favourite possessions, which have cascaded down the generations, have ended up in Althorp, this most English of houses, just an hour north of London. Enter its 550- acre park, and you find yourself in a peaceful setting that radiates timeless good taste, with its swathes of fine English oaks stretching out in every direction, while the family’s rare herd of black fallow deer graze beneath.
It’s a scene familiar to each of the 19 generations of Spencers who have known and loved this corner of England. When Columbus was sailing towards America, my family were farming here. When Britain was defying Hitler, it was a Spencer cousin who helped lead the way – our wartime prime minister’s full family name was Spencer-Churchill, though everyone shortens him to Winston Churchill. All through history, during the past five centuries or more, it seems you will find a Spencer there or thereabouts, making their mark, doing their best.
These Spencer ancestors were able to indulge their tastes – to commission art, furniture, and all the finer things in life. You can see the Spencer touch in every corner of Althorp – this historic house that my family has called “home” for over 500 years, and which for the past decade, has been given unprecedented care and attention. A massive programme of restoration and repair has taken place, which our partnership with Theodore Alexander has certainly helped. I like to think that, for generations, the house has looked after the furniture. Recently, the very finest handmade reproductions of that furniture by Theodore Alexander have helped restore the house to the very best condition. It seems right and fair.
It is not just the tangible pieces that make up a family’s heritage, of course: it is the people themselves. While the continued ownership and enjoyment of this great house by my family is something that I remain always so grateful for, I never forget the expectations and hopes of generations gone by.
This house, this family – together, they sum up something that is authentic and pure, historic yet still deeply relevant. Althorp has a living history, yes. But, underpinning it all is that factor that sets the tone, and sums up the good fortune, the continuity and the fine taste that underscore everything tangible and intangible connected with this exceptional furniture line – something I call Spencer Heritage.
If the item is not in stock we can import it for you. The delivery period is 20 weeks from Theodore Alexander. If you wish us to import any of the pieces below we will request a 50% deposit to initiate the order with the balance payable upon arrival in South Africa.
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